September 30, 2012
Hello all! My name is C Adam Pfander, and I am proud to introduce myself as one of Hamilton’s journal writers for the coming months. These journals demonstrate both the stresses and high points of student life; from the endless hours of studying for a calculus exam, to the final, glorified relief of handing it in. A few times a week, I will post about whatever subject is currently occupying my time and thoughts.
I am a freshman here on College Hill. I currently intend to major in Government and Economics, but that could change multiple times over the next two years. The fun of being a freshman is shopping around the course catalogue like a restaurant menu—pages of options and total freedom to sample any department. We will see what strikes my fancy when course selection roles around at the end of this semester.
Being a freshman, the college process is all too fresh in my mind, but I can thankfully affirm that the forms, essays, and (above all) stress was worth the effort. I couldn’t be happier to be at Hamilton, to embrace the community and all it has to offer. As I said, there will be strains and there will be reliefs. Via this journal, I will broadcast how discovering Hamilton goes for me.
However, you are most likely to notice some recurring themes throughout my writing. Here is a glimpse of how I fill my time on the Hill:
First off, running will surely come up. I run Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track for Hamilton, which amounts to many hours of practice and more than a few Saturdays spent at meets. The team is incredibly close and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.
I also enjoy speaking German. I discovered the language as a sophomore in high school, and before long began talking to myself auf Deutsch. I was ecstatic to learn that Hamilton had a comprehensive program; I expect to be enrolled in at least one German course each semester.
Debate Society will also earn some mention. We run debate rounds twice a week arguing the oddest cases: whether Batman or Superman is better; if Hamilton is prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse; or if Traffic Laws are really relevant in the modern day. Who doesn’t enjoy impromptu arguing?
I have never once been bored in my short time at Hamilton; this journal should be a constant stream of new stories and inquiries. Be sure to visit often.
Majors: Government and Economics (intended)
Activities: Cross Country, Debate Society
Favorite Pastimes: Late-night Diner breakfast, reading the paper in KJ through the morning, wandering the Root Glen and sipping a latte from Cafe Opus.
Hometown: Newfane, Vt.
High School: Concord Academy