As much as we all complain about it, it’s really nice to be back to school. I’m enjoying walking around on campus, spending more time with friends, working just scarily hard on my courses, exercising daily, and of course, having a couple hours a week wholly dedicated for writing Beyond the Binder. It almost makes up for rolling out of bed a good two hours too early every day.
I posted two updates on this blog over the summer, one about my trip to Italy with Mr Hing, Ms. Norton, and about 10 other students. That trip was incredible. I got to see how Lamborghinis are made and I saw the sun set over Tuscany. Not much can beat that.
The other post focused on my internship at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, a Northampton-based local newspaper I’ve kind of fallen in love with. I worked there for much of the summer, writing a couple dozen articles and not once was asked to fetch coffee for people. I did, however, have to pay $0.75 cents for what amounted to a teabag full of crusty coffee grounds.
But all of that is past. Autumn is coming and I can almost see the leaves turning to the Gryffindor colors. Now that school is back, I’m going to be posting more often, to the tune of once or twice a week. You can expect restaurant reviews, guest posts, unsolicited advice, and plenty more.
For those new to my blog, Beyond the Binder is about life after the proverbial bell has rung. I write about how we can use our precious free time: good ways to spend an evening, how to enter a shop with dignity, ways I’ve found to whittle the hours away when the assignment is empty, and all those great places where you probably are supposed to sign out to go to now.
I think it’s going to be a good year and I look forward to giving you some entertainment from time to time. Comments and participation is great and I’d love to feature guest posts, so let me know if you have an idea for a post.
Thanks for reading,
Brendan Hellweg ’14