By A.J. Peters
Winter break is quickly approaching here at the Santa Fe campus. I handed my precept paper in on Monday (Moby-Dick), along with a senior lab paper (Heisenberg), and my final paper of the semester this morning in math (Einstein). I’m ready for the break, but it always feels a little strange to just drop everything we’ve been working at for the past few months. That said, I’m looking forward to just working on one thing for a little while—my senior paper. Trying to finish these last papers of the semester reminded me of one of the best, and simultaneously most difficult things about St. John’s—you can never just cozy up with just one issue. I spent all morning Sunday finishing my paper on Moby-Dick, saved a final draft in the early afternoon, and then immediately proceeded to get back to work on the Heisenberg paper I had started the weekend before. I don’t mean to complain—really, I love that St. John’s forces you (and allows you) to do quantum mechanics and Melville at the same time—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Senior writing period will be a time in which I’ll have the luxury to think about just one book for four weeks, something I’m unsure I’ve ever done. I’m excited.