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Summer, yes!

June 3, 2007   

After finishing my exams at Hamilton, I enjoyed a week of recuperation and relaxation before beginning my summer job. But before I talk a little about my summer so far, I would like to tell you how my year at Hamilton finished up.
            
Exams went well. It was a rough week, but I did survive. Before exam week even began, though, I participated in Hamilton’s fourth annual sprint triathlon, HamTrek. There were many individuals who chose to swim, bike, and run on their own, but I was asked to participate on a team as the cyclist. (For the record, I would not have done all three on my own, even if I wasn’t asked to be on a team). Our team was damn good, and we finished second in the coed team division. For our efforts, we won a $75.00 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse to split among the three of us. Coincidentally, my two teammates also both won prizes in a raffle held after the race. Our runner won a book about triathlon training and our swimmer won an iPod Nano.
            
Since I’ve been back home, I have kept pretty active. I just finished my second week of work at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) where I’m an intern. So far my time has been devoted to helping revamp their library. In the next few weeks I will begin to assist some economists there with their research. That should be a bit more stimulating. The internship has a lot of plusses, such as its proximity to where I live (the boonies), it pays (a little), and - the economists out there won’t believe this – we get a free lunch every day.