Shortly after transferring to Bryan this time last year, Dayton Tennessee had a major snow storm. This, the locals assured me, was extremely unusual... something once in a decade. Well, how about now?
Being rather ill yesterday, I was unable to make the journey to Tennessee by myself, so my Dad drove me down. As we made it further and further south, we observed something relatively unusual. Rather than getting warmer and there being less snow, the temperature stayed remarkably stable, and the amount of snow-cover increased until we finally got to Bryan College here and found a full five inches on the ground.
I like the snow really, but the thing is, whenever I drive 13 hours due south, I tend to expect it to get at least a little warmer. So it's a bit disappointing when I go right from one winter wonderland to another.
Speaking of disappointment, I had some this afternoon when I found out one of my friends I was planning on going to Latvia with over spring break will no longer be able to come. Apparently a lot of people were unable to raise the necessary 50% of funds by the deadline, and because of a new set of policies regarding payment, were simply told that they would be unable to go. So I'm not really looking forward to finding out how many more people in the group, which was already small, may no longer be going.
Other than that, my first day back on campus went pretty well. I really only had one class. Normally I'd have two, but because of the snow, one of my profs canceled. The one that I did have was contemporary math, that legitimate higher math course that I'm finally taking after literally years of remedial courses due in combination to my abysmal scores in high school and academic red tape in college. So even though I'm terrible at math, I'm almost looking forward to this, because after I'm done it will finally be over.
I think my strep is starting to react to the medication now, which is good. I still feel a little tireder than usual, but the general bad feeling of being sick is mostly gone, so that's good.
In addition to friends from the past two semesters, I also saw Sam and Samuel Spatola from Italy who are here for a missions conference that runs for the rest of the week. I talked to them twice; once after chapel, and then again when I ran into them in the library. Sam wanted to make sure he had never promised to give me money if I sent any friends to SBI, since I did in fact send two this fall. I assured him that he hadn't. We did however, agree upon a price if ever send anyone else, so if you ever do have the interest to spend three months studying and traveling in Italy in a Christian environment, tell Sam that I sent you ;)