Ahhhh, Fall Reading Break, that four day weekend at the end of October meant to give students time to relax, renew, and… replenish their midterm-hermitting food supplies. In an attempt to actually study for midterms, I have started hermitting i.e. going to the residence cafeteria sometime during the day for a food haul and locking myself in my room whenever I am not in or going to class. For the most part, hermitting has been generally successful. I am only occasionally distracted by my suitemates, Facebook, tumblr, and videos.

I have had midterms every week of October and still have two more to go in November, so hermitting has become a new lifestyle change. I cannot even begin to process how ironic it is that I am doing the exact opposite—being overly sedentary—of what I am currently learning (i.e. cramming for)—the importance of physical activity—in my Health Science class. I know hermitting can’t be healthy; I feel as if I haven’t seen the sun in a while and I can’t remember the last time I broke a sweat.

Until I came back from Fall Reading Break, my snack supply was running dangerously low. Anticipating a particularly large food haul, I left Western with my suitcase only half-filled with textbooks and clothes. It was quite fortuitous that a friend was giving me a ride back to school because there is no way I would have been able to manage a cooler bag filled with fruits, vegetables, and homecooked meals, another large bag containing snacks, and my eighty-pound suitcase packed with twenty cans of soup and other drinks on the bus. (I can’t decide whether it’s hilarious or ridiculous that I am not exaggerating when I say eighty pounds and twenty cans…)

People ask why I don’t just buy food here in London and then I tell them that it goes against the hermit lifestyle. And then I tell them that lugging twenty cans of soup on the bus from Masonville is rather strenuous. I think it is safe to say that I have enough food to get through November mid-terms and final exams. If only I had remembered to bring a can opener…



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