May Oo Khine
20W: One Final Feast
If there's one thing all Dartmouth students can agree on at this moment, it is that winter 2020 at Dartmouth wrapped up way too quickly.
By the last few days of finals week, there were already long queues of students at the bus stop, waiting to board the Dartmouth Coach. Exams were converted to an online format at the last minute. Goodbyes with our friends were cut short from the rush of coronavirus concerns. And before we knew it, campus was almost deserted albeit for some locals who strolled on the Green and a few students who stayed behind.
What came next was a bit like trying to solve a puzzle. Each of us has brought in our own pieces: the ingredients. All there was left to do was try to fit together a picture, namely to cook a dish or two while marrying ingredients from different cultures. Did the bean thread noodles go with the spicy tofu sauce? How about the pork buns? We decided we would whip up the noodles (yes, all three kinds!), steam the dumplings, and place all of the different sauces and curry on the table so each of us could try combinations to our own liking. We were not exactly cooks but we were definitely good sports!
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From the pandemic to the election, to online learning, every month seemed to be a new level of Jumanji. However, we have made it. And though 2020 has given me great lessons and experiences, I am looking forward to this new year and for what it holds.