Tucson's Museums

Visiting museums is a good way to learn about the culture of a region. During my six years living in Tucson, I found and visited many museums in this city, and here are some of my favorites.

5. Arizona State Museum

Arizona State Museum is located on University of Arizona campus. I knew about this museum since the beginning when I participated in ISA's very first campus race event, but I never paid a visit because I thought it is literally steps away from my office so I can visit "some time". In August 2017, when I'm days away from graduation, I finally visited this museum. My visit spanned two afternoons due to the rich content in this museum.

Paths of Life exhibit in Arizona State Museum

The main exhibit at Arizona State Museum, Paths of Life, presents the origins, histories, and contemporary lifeways of ten Native American cultures in Southwest America. While I have interacted with members of Tohono O'odham and Yaqui tribes through their presentations at Tucson Meet Yourself, I gained better understanding at this Paths of Life exhibit about their culture, religious beliefs, and struggles. I also learned about eight other indigenous tribes in the Southwest region but further from Tucson.

Hiking in Arizona

I was a couch potato before I came to the United States six years ago. There aren't many outdoor adventures in my hometown Shanghai, because Shanghai is located on a flat peninsula, and the only place that resembles a mountain is the 97-meter Sheshan Hill. In contrast, Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges, and it is a hiking paradise.

My First Hike

Among the grad students in computer science department, there is an organization called the Graduate Student Council (GSC). On the same week as orientations, I attended the first GSC meeting, and learned about various activities organized by GSC. One of them is a "hiking club". I joined their mailing list, although I did not know what I was signing up for.

The first hike was on Oct 01, 2011 going to Butterfly Trail. I took an early morning bus to school, and brought "plenty of water for yourself, sturdy hiking shoes, lunch, warm cloth" as instructed by the trip leader. We departed shortly after 09:15, and it was a long ride in Jeremy Wright's car.

Butterfly Trail, 01OCT2011

My Favorite Tucson Restaurants

During my six years living in Tucson, I visited hundreds of local restaurants. Here are my top picks. Those restaurants are all good, and their order within this article does not indicate my preference.

Best on campus: IQ Fresh

crispy fish wrap from IQ Fresh

Located in the main student union, IQ Fresh is my usual place for a quick lunch between classes. They mainly serve wraps: shredded meats and veggies rolled inside a piece of tortilla. They offer 14 different meats and veggies, and 10 tortilla flavors, giving 140 choices.

My favorite is the crispy fish wrap in spinach wrapper, with a side of sweet potato fries. Sadly, this particular item has been discontinued in 2015, and I stopped going there altogether.

Academic Papers

Writing and publishing academic papers is an essential part of PhD education. During my 6-year PhD career, I published three academic papers as first author in peer-reviewed conferences:

Publishing an academic paper is hard. In the process, I must:

  1. Come up with an idea.
  2. Confirm the idea is feasible.
  3. Design and execute experiments to show the design is superior to competitors.
  4. Write the paper to make others understand my idea and experiments.
  5. Submit the paper, and hope my paper is better than most submissions in the same conference.

The Idea Phase

Heat and Monsoon

Tucson has four seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, and winter. Located in the desert, the climate is very different from my hometown Shanghai. I have been accustomed to Tucson's climate after living here for six years.

Summer Heat

The summer is extra long. @TheTucsonHeat arrives in April or earlier, and would not leave until Halloween at end of October. Thus, seven of the twelve months belong to the summer.

Heat is the number one weather related killer in Arizona. House cooling is not optional. Heat warning signs are everywhere:

"the heat is on" sign in Joel D Valdez Main Library

Heavy Iron Stuff

I started going to the gym regularly during my fourth through sixth years at University of Arizona. Weight lifting helped me to lose weight of up to 30lb, and replaced some of my body fat with juicy muscles.

How It All Started

I have been swimming since the second day I arrived in Tucson, but my body looked the same, because my roommate was cooking large bowls of white rice and fatty meats for me. Since I moved to University Arms and started living alone, I decided to change things up. I started running on treadmill and using the elliptical trainer on and off in the Campus Rec. I was thinking to eat less and cut back on ice creams.

I ate only one apple at the breakfast of Oct 14, 2014, and felt hungry two hours later. I wondered, am I eating too little? To find the answer, I decided to calculate how much calories I was eating on that day. I searched online for a "calorie calculator", and found MyFitnessPal. It is not only a "calculator", but also an app to keep track of how much I ate. I made my first entry:

MyFitnessPal food diary on Oct 14, 2014

On Two Wheels

Tucson is walkable when staying around UA campus and downtown area. To go farther, I often ride a bus with six wheels, hail a taxi with four wheels, or drive a rental car behind one wheel, all of which costs money. More frequently, I would ride a bike on two wheels. I enjoy riding a bike because it is free: I can go places without buying a ticket, and I have the freedom to go anywhere without worrying about being late for bus or issues in finding parking.

Rillito River Park, π day, 2015

First Ride on Cat Wheels

Cat Wheels bike sharing program, offered by Parking & Transportation Services, loans bikes to students for free. I can pick up a bike at any parking garage, ride for a whole day, and return by 16:00 the next day. Since garages are only open on weekdays, a bike borrowed on Friday won't be due until Monday, making this a plusgood deal.

my first Cat Wheels rental bike

Meet the World at International Student Association

Most of my social life during my six years at University of Arizona was at the International Student Association (ISA). I made friends, made frenemies, and had fun through events and gatherings organized by ISA.

ISA Trail Dust Town visit, Apr 04, 2013

The Very First Event

Every incoming international student is required to attend the International Student Orientation, organized by International Student Programs and Services (ISPS). In the 2011 orientation, ISPS recruited a group of student workers, called Peer Integrators (PIs), to assist with the orientation, and to plan and participate in orientation social events for new international students. One of the social events was a campus race on Aug 14, 2011, organized by Morris Zhou, a PI from China. I participated in this event because its name sounds like my favorite TV show The Amazing Race.

The goal of this event was to make students familiarize with the UA campus. Each team of two or three students were given a sheet of hints, each referring to a location on campus. Within one hour, the team must visit as many locations as they can, and take pictures of the team members in front of those locations. The team that gets the largest number of correct answers would be awarded the winner.

I am a Moviegoer

I watched over 150 movies during my six years at University of Arizona.

What did I Watch

My favorite genre is action and adventure. I love seeing superheroes save the world, because they bring hope to our world. My favorite character is Spider-Man, because he only does good things and is full of positive energy.

I also frequently watch science fiction films. I particularly enjoy films set in the outer space, such as The Space Between Us and Passengers, because the weightless shots are breathtaking.

My third favorite genre is drama. Some of my favorites are National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Nebraska, and Instructions Not Included. I can have a good laugh out of them.

How I Started Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt game. Participants, or "geocachers", use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. I learned about geocaching by accident in Jul 2013, and I was immediately hooked to this game. Since then, Geocaching had a strong influence in my weekend activities, gadget purchases, and travel choices.

selfie with GC5WHZV container

It All Started from Jenny

Grocery stores offer discounts with a loyalty card, but I forgot to bring mine on Jul 12, 2013. I complained on Facebook, and my friends told me that I could give my phone number to the cashier, and they would be able to apply the discounts. Daniel's answer mentioned that I could enter "area code + 867-5309" as the phone number, and there is usually a loyalty card associated with this phone number. I did not understand what's special about this phone number, so I started online searching.

Facebook post about forgotten grocery loyalty card

Hailing Taxis

When I was little, taxis were my favorite form of transportation. I could have my own seat in the taxi, and the taxi would go directly to the destination. I would not need to walk to the bus stop, wait for the bus, get squeezed in the bus, and walk to the destination after getting off the bus. In early 1990s, taxi fare of a 5KM trip was about 30 times the bus fare. However, I didn't understand the value of money at that time, so I always wanted to travel by taxi.

I started attending a boarding school since the seventh grade. Mom would give me ¥65 every week, and I was allowed to spend the money however I wish, but this money was all I have for meals, transportation, and anything else except books and school supplies. While I could spend ¥5 to take a taxi from the bus terminal to the school, I usually chose to walk 20 minutes and save the money for snacks. I got used to bus rides and long walks, and forgot about taxis, when money became a constraint. In fact, I got so used to public transportation that, even if I was on a business trip when I later worked for a company, I would prefer to take a bus instead of a taxi, and I sometimes had to explain to finance why I could not produce a receipt for a bus ride.

When I came to Tucson in 2011, having limited cash and being accustomed to public transportation, my primary form of transportation is of course the city bus. However, the operating hours of city buses are limited. When I stayed in Grant Inn during my first days, the last route 20 bus from UA campus back to Grant Inn was departing at 18:20. If I wanted to stay at school later than that, I would have to find my alternate transportation.

Clint's Taxi

When I was dropped off at Grant Inn, the volunteer gave each student a business card of "Clint's Taxi", and told us to call Clint when we need to go to school. Since buses are cheaper, I took the city bus most of the time. On Aug 14, 2011, I attended a "Campus Race" scavenger hunt activity, organized by an organization called Meet The World, which later became International Student Association (ISA). The activity lasted until 20:00, at which point there were no more buses available. This was when I called Clint for the first time.

Behind the Wheel

Sun Tran bus system was my primary form of transportation during my six years at University of Arizona, but it wasn't my only transportation. Sun Tran services city of Tucson, city of South Tucson, and select areas out of city limits. When I needed to go beyond the service boundary, or to haul cargo, it makes sense to get my own set of wheels.

I decided not to buy a car during graduate school early on. When I attended my first "grad tea", a social event among computer science grad students, I asked an American student the cost of owning a car, and the answer was $200 per month including "everything". A simple calculation indicated that owning a car would not be a good financial decision for me. Owning a car would allow me to rent an apartment far from the campus, but it is unlikely to find an apartment that is cheaper than $439/mo NorthPointe.

Zipcar Nissan Altima Brenton

Arizona Driver's License

Fast forward to spring 2014, when my life at NorthPointe went downhill due to a noisy roommate. I signed a lease at my new apartment, and moving was put on the agenda. I moved from Grant Inn to NorthPointe on a taxi, at which time all I had was two checked bags and two carry-on bags. Three years later, I had accumulated many more things than that, and the taxi driver would be charging by minute while I'm loading my stuff into his trunk. Thus, I need a driver's license!

My Story with Sun Tran

Tucson is a "small" town. Compared to my hometown Shanghai, Tucson is 10 times smaller in land area, and has 3% of Shanghai's metro population. Nevertheless, Tucson is still the second largest city in Arizona. You can't reasonably walk to everything, so transportation is a necessity.

America is a country on wheels, but Tucson has a nice public transportation system, Sun Tran. During my six years at University of Arizona, I never bought a car, but used Sun Tran bus system extensively.

Sun Tran bus 3000

City Bus in Shanghai vs Tucson

American city bus system do not have a good reputation: vehicles are old, schedules are infrequent, and operating hours are limited. Nevertheless, the first transportation service I experienced in Tucson is the city bus, when I visited UA campus for the first time.

Floating in the Pool

As it's said, if a foreign student does not have a girlfriend, he would start physical exercises sooner or later, because he has nothing else to do.

RT @Dtiberium 顺便有个定律:来了美国的中国留学生如果没有女朋友,迟早会开始健身。道理很简单:他们实在没什么别的事情可干。

This is very true of me.

Before I Came to Arizona

When I was an undergraduate student in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), although the university has a gym, it only has a few treadmills and ellipticals, and students must pay an entrance fee upon each usage. I never went to this gym. There was no swimming pool at SJTU, and a security guard once warned me not to swim in the lake, when I stepped one foot into the lake trying to feel the water temperature.

Roommates or Not?

Food, water, shelter, and warmth are the basic needs of human beings. Food is available in any restaurant and grocery store. Tap water is safe to drink, as I asked at the orientation. Warmth is not an urgent problem when I arrive because I have enough clothes in my luggage. The biggest problem is: housing!

There are two main housing options for University of Arizona students: on campus housing and off campus housing. If I live on campus, I can walk to class and enjoy all the good vibes, but the room is small and costs a ton of money. Thus, during my six years in Arizona, I lived exclusively in off-campus housing. This article describes the two apartments I lived in, shares my experiences of living with or without roommates, and includes reviews of NorthPointe Student Apartments and University Arms Apartments from a real tenant.

How I Evaluate Off-Campus Housing

When I started surveying off-campus housing options, I set a few requirements:

  • I must have my own bedroom. When I was an undergraduate in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, I shared an on-campus dormitory with three other boys. We lived in the same bedroom, went to class together, and were good friends. The dorm manager enforced strict rules such as "lights off" time. However, American off-campus housing has no such strict rules, so sharing a bedroom is going to cause roommate conflicts in the long term, and I'm not really into cohabiting.
  • I want to have my own bathroom. I saw too many TV episodes about how American kids make a mess in the bathroom, or spend too long time in the shower in the morning when I would need to go to class.
  • I prefer to have individual leases. Some property owners would rent out a big house to multiple students on one lease. If any tenant quits, the remaining tenants still must pay the full rent. I would not want to get into such trouble.
  • I can get to school without a car. Owning a car is too much hassle for me.

My First Days in Tucson

Six years ago, on Apr 12, 2011, I was admitted as a PhD student in the Computer Science PhD program at The University of Arizona. After a round of paperwork and an interview for the US visa, I flew from Shanghai, China to Tucson, Arizona on Aug 04, 2011. This was when it all began.

The Flight and Arrival

My uncle bought me an one-way flight ticket. I was booked on United flight 588 departing PVG at 20:10, transfering to United flight 6458 arriving TUS at 21:10. The time difference between Shanghai and Tucson is 15 hours, so this seemingly 1-hour flight route is actually 16 hours.

My dad drove me to the airport, with mom and grandpa also in the car. After saying goodbye to my family, an officer stamped my passport indicating that I had left China territory. I had two checked bags full of clothing and cookware, a duffle bag with more clothes, and a briefcase containing an old laptop. I also had thirteen $100 bills, a few $20 and $10 bills, and several quarter-dollar coins; this was all the cash I had.

say goodbye to grandpa

留学六周年

六年前,在2011年8月4日,我从上海飞赴美国亚利桑那州图森市(Tucson, Arizona),到亚利桑那大学(The University of Arizona)攻读博士学位。 六年后,我已经通过了论文答辩,正在准备毕业。

这些年来,

  • 我作为第一作者在各大学术会议上发表了三篇论文,并且出席了其中一次学术会议演讲了我的论文。
  • 我上了88学分的课程,保持了全A的优异成绩。
  • 我获得了三次奖学金,其中包括科学学院只授予最优秀的学生的Galileo Circle Scholar称号。
  • 我参加了国际学生协会(International Student Association)的社团活动,遇见了一批极棒的朋友,并曾担任该社团的干事。
  • 我开始了定期体育锻炼,包括游泳与负重训练。
  • 作为一项兴趣爱好,我开始了地谜藏宝。
  • 我观看了150余部电影。
  • 我享受了徒步登山、野营、皮划艇等户外运动的乐趣。
  • 我骑自行车或搭乘公共汽车走遍了图森每一个角落,参与了本地的各种节日庆典,并尝试了许多本地的餐馆。
  • 我前往加利福尼亚州、科罗拉多州、哥伦比亚特区、夏威夷州、马萨诸塞州、内华达州、纽约州、宾夕法尼亚州、田纳西州、得克萨斯州、犹他州、华盛顿州旅行。
  • 我考出了亚利桑那州驾驶执照,在波士顿、凤凰城、圣地亚哥、旧金山湾区、西雅图、图森和尤马开过租来的汽车。
  • 作为亚利桑那大学的留学生, 作为图森市的居民, 我感到很自豪。

English version

Six Years in Arizona

Six years ago, on Aug 04, 2011, I flew from Shanghai, China to Tucson, Arizona, and began my life as a PhD student in The University of Arizona. Six years later, I have defended my dissertation, and am on my way to graduation.

During these years,

In this month, I am going to write a series of articles about my life in Arizona, to record the good memories of the past six years.

简体中文版本

How to Survive a Weekend Offline?

I'm a heavy smartphone user. I read emails, access Twitter, check in on Swarm/Foursquare, watch YouTube, and look at weather forecast, multiple times a day. I use smartphones so much that my primary phone, the Nexus 5, needs to be charged 2~3 times per day, and I am reluctant to stay in places without free WiFi.

But, everything is changing in the past weekend: I joined a camping trip to Grand Canyon National Park. There is no electricity. There is no cellular signal, because national parks do not want cell towers to ruin the beautiful landscape. There is no WiFi, except in the cafeteria which we may or may not visit. Without electricity, I cannot keep my smartphones charged. Without cellular or WiFi, I cannot receive emails, access Twitter, check in on Swarm/Foursquare, watch YouTube, or use weather forecast apps. How can I survive the weekend in the national park, without electricity or Internet access?

Preparation

Internet access is unavailable, but it's not the only way to communication with the outside world. On many smartphones, there's a forgotten app called the FM radio, which allows you to receive information without Internet access or cellular signal. Therefore, I packed an old smartphone, the T-Mobile Comet, which has an FM radio tuner. This would allow me to listen to the weather forecast, and maybe some news and music.

My camping trip is a short one: we depart on Friday and return on Sunday. The lack of electricity can be solved by a few USB PowerBanks. I brought two USB PowerBanks, which contain a total of 12800mAh of electricity, enough to charge the Nexus 5 five times, or the T-Mobile Comet ten times.

My Experience at Hack Arizona 2016

Hack Arizona is the largest collegiate hackathon in southwestern United States. I attended Hack Arizona 2016 and had a great experience, and I want to share what I experienced during this event.

Why I didn't attend in 2015

I heard about Hack Arizona when it started in 2015, but I decided against attending last year because 37 sleepless hours is harmful for health and won't produce high quality project.

Many of my friends went in 2015, and they shared their experiences and showed me their projects. The situation sounds less scary than I imagined:

  • Although you are provided enough coffee and Red Bull energy drinks to stay up, you are permitted to leave and re-enter at anytime, and you can sleep in the venue as well.
  • There's free food, and it's not just pizza.
  • Projects aren't of poor quality.

军训日记

8月25日

今天是我军训的第一天。据《普通高校军事技能训练简明教程》:“对在校大学生进行基本军事技能训练是大学生履行兵役义务的重要形式,是加强国防后备力量建设的有效途径。”原来,“依法服兵役”未必一定要应征参军,军训是另一种形式。同时,军训也是我的培养计划上的一门必修课程,54学时,有3个学分。

今天的军训是下午五点开始的。第一次穿上迷彩服(高中的军训只是穿校服),虽然觉得很热,但是照照镜子,看到自己很神气,有点像电视里的“好男儿”。到D206开了个会,见到了将要指导我们军训的教官们;连长、副连长是武警部队的两位警官,指导员是我们信息安全工程学院的团委书记王京峰老师,副指导员是微电子学院的一位大三学长。我们是十二连,分四个排,每个排三个班,每班8-10个人;班长就是本年级的同学,我属于三班,班长严栋孜;班长们已经接受了四天的训练,并且会带领我们进行以后的训练。这个会上给大家讲了讲今晚和明早的安排。

然后在楼下列队,带到餐厅。军训期间大部分活动均为集体活动,包括吃饭。我们连指定在东区食堂一楼吃饭,而且座位是固定的;不过饭菜还是可以自己选滴,而且是要刷卡收费的(有人告诉我:免费?想得美!)。就餐时不可以说话。吃完了就可以自行离开。回到宿舍,赶快冲个凉。

七点钟再次集合,带好小凳子,在宿舍楼下东侧召开连务会。教官首先教大家如何使用小凳子;在部队小凳子并非放下就坐,而是在“准备小凳”口令时把凳子从左手上移到身后,“放”时迅速放下小凳,“好”才能站起,等到“坐下”才可以坐,“起立”时要迅速起立,然后是“取凳子—好”;在部队,做各种动作,一是要迅速,而是要干净利索、没有多余的动作(以坐下为例,不要再移凳子、拎裤子)。然后教了《团结就是力量》《一二三四歌》《练兵歌》三首军歌,其中前两首我以前学过,在每次开饭前就要唱军歌。最后班长教大家如何“拉歌”;“拉歌”就是连与连之间互相要求对方表演,这是军队特有的一种娱乐形式。八点半会议结束,回宿舍休息。

高考一周年纪念

2006年的高考刚刚结束。记得去年的现在,我也是刚刚结束我的高考。三个星期以后,听着声讯电话里传来的成绩,我在那个零点多的时候,按捺不住心里的兴奋之情,给十几个亲戚朋友发短信报喜;爷爷奶奶在隔壁房间,我怕影响他们睡觉没有告诉他们,其实他们都没有睡着,心里忐忑不安。今年,同样有一批学弟学妹会经历这样的一个历程。

记得在我高考前不久,有一个民办班级的同学来向我请教数学问题。在成绩出来以后,我给他打了电话了解情况,他说他成绩很差,肯定考不上了。不知道他现在找到工作了吗?或是在参加培训?

今年也是我初中时的好友c高考。我好像两年没有给他写信了,他高中毕业以后,也许就失去联系了。他当时考复旦附中差两分没考上,说过要争取考上复旦大学的,不知现在如何了。

这一年里,我没有回过我的母校。王老师、陈老师、戴老师……我都还记得,只是我不知道什么时候回去不会打扰老师们的工作。同学们我也都还记得,但是大家分散在各地,也就只能借助flylinda.com上这块小小的空间聚一聚了。

进了大学,的确比高三的时候轻松一点,生活也变得丰富了。高三的时候,每天从早到晚必须在教室里度过,课时几乎是排满的;现在,没有课的时候可以自修,可以尽情的休息,也可以去勤工助学。高三时每天都有三张左右的试卷要做,而且第二天就要交;现在则是每周约40道题目,可以自己选择什么时候做,有时候实在来不及甚至可以不做。物理老师说,我们的课堂是一个“开放系统”,你可以迟到、早退、不来听课,上课可以看小说、发短信——只要不影响别人,你觉得怎样合适就怎样;这在高中时不可想象的。

思源湖畔的人们

交大人节《我身边的交大人》征文参赛作品

传说中,交大本没有湖,思源湖是人工开挖的。如今,思源湖是交大的一个标志。而在思源湖畔,可以看到交大人的一个缩影。

思源湖边的长椅上,大多数人或捧着书本、或看着笔记、或听着MP3中的外语录音,他们正在认真的自修。学习是大学生的首要任务,也是大学生活的主要目的。交大要建成一所综合性、研究型、国际化的世界知名的高水平大学离不开每一个交大人的努力,每一个交大人都没有理由不认真学习。自修作为学习的重要手段和必要环节,当然是值得推崇的。

信步走向思源湖北端,包玉刚图书馆矗立在眼前。只见图书馆门口交大人进出络绎不绝,刷卡进去,阅览室里鸦雀无声,同学们有的在看书,有的在做作业,充分利用宝贵的每一分钟。图书馆具有丰富的藏书,包含了数目庞大的资料,求真务实、敢为人先、与日俱进的交大人,为了弄清自己学习、科研中的疑惑,使用图书馆的资源,查询前人的成果,加以创新,形成自己的见解。

思源湖南面有一片大草坪,称为仰思坪。正如它的名字所表达的,交大人们在这片草坪上仰卧着,享受阳光、享受生活、仰望蓝天,思考着科学的难题,以中华民族的伟大复兴为己任,牢记“饮水思源,爱国荣校”的校训,准备着为祖国的繁荣昌盛出力。

高中记事·往事点滴

走过高中》今天正式发表了,发表在我的一个网站上,用我花了三天工夫编写近千行程序代码的论坛作支撑。昨天我用电子邮件向几位同学做了推荐,不到一个小时,就有三个人在论坛注册了,可见大家也是非常感兴趣。

那组文章共15篇,包括7篇人物传记(涉及12人)和3篇故事,以及3个附录。班里前前后后共有56位同学,还有十余位老师,发生的故事岂止百个。不管怎么说,那15篇文章的容量是远远不够的。

所以我决定再写一组,就在上一组正式发表的日子开始。虽然回忆可能有点痛苦,我的文笔也不算优美,但是能把这些事情在忘却之前记录下来,还是很有意义的,所以我也不再计较写作的累和打字的烦了。

2005-08-03

走过高中·往事点滴

终于有时间来回顾一下高中的生活了。

刚刚毕业。我看到,毕业这天,同学们离开学习、生活了三年的教室,目光中是那么恋恋不舍。高中的生活,的确是值得回味的。所以,还是把我在高中的经历用文字记录下来吧。虽然我写过不少日记,但是集中的记录还是必要的。

七宝中学是所好学校。当时,我是以闵行区推荐生第一名的成绩考入这所学校的。当时我不禁有点后悔,没在志愿表上填上交大附中那样的名校。现在回想起来,幸好当时填的是七宝中学,而不是交大附中!七宝中学同样是寄宿制高级中学,虽说教学水平可能不及那些名校,却很适合我。七宝中学给我提供了一个广阔的舞台,让我充分展示自己的各个方面,从学习,到社团活动。在其他学校,也许就没这么幸运了。所以,选择七宝中学,选对了!

“走过高中”记录的,就是点滴的往事。这里,一切都是真实的。

阳光男孩精神 sunny boy spirit

乐观 optimistic

“阳光”的原意就是乐观。真正的阳光男孩,总是可以精神愉快,对事物的发展充满信心。他可以永不言败,因为,只要心跳还在,不管已沦落到什么地步,都有可能东山再起。 在阳光男孩的心里,不存在什么“悲观”。他可以伤心,可以哭,但那只是暂时的,因为,他不会绝望。只要有理想,就应该坚信自己的理想在某一天终会实现!

正直 upright

正直,就是没有偏私、心地坦白。世界上不可能存在绝对的公正,但阳光男孩总是尽力地使他周围的世界变得公平,至少他不会偏袒哪一个人而伤害另一些人。他尽力避免别人受伤害,同时也尽力保护自己。不要说他不勇于牺牲,他不怕死,只是他不死,从而来保护别人。 阳光男孩始终追求着真理。真理固然是相对的,而他有他自己的价值观。他会拥护他认定的真理,并为之奋斗。他也会帮助同样追求真理的人们。

善良 kind-hearted

校园一角

七中校园的西南角是个荷花池。在学校征集名称中,由于《荷塘月色》的出名,这荷池被取名为“自清池”。

我第一次去自清池时,是学了《荷塘月色》以后。在此之前,我虽已知道有这个池,但一直没有时间去参观。而在读过《荷塘月色》以后,我下决心要去看看这“自清池”。

那天清晨,我比平时早起了十分钟,“荣幸”的当了食堂的“开门客”(第一个买早餐的人)后,六点五十分来到了自清池前。那天有一层薄雾,太阳还刚刚出来,荷花池周围笼罩着一层神秘的面纱。

很不幸,这层面纱使我没能领略荷花池的芳容。尽管我捧着语文课本朗读着这篇著名的《荷塘月色》,我还是没有能力揭开这层面纱。我决定改天再次拜访自清池。

第二次去是在期中考试期间。由于是交叉考试,不能在教室复习,而宿舍里的棋牌大战和食堂里的人声鼎沸都不是适合复习的环境,这荷花池当之无愧成了闹中取静的好地方。语文考试的前一天下午,我步行在池上的柳青亭与艾青亭之间,朗读着《荷塘月色》,时而又望着池中央竖起的小山上刻着的“自清池”三个大字尝试着背诵这篇文章。语文考试过后,我再也没有心思去踱着方步读散文了,而是找了条石凳坐下来背公式、背单词。有时候,复习累了,我也会眺望一下南端草坪上正在嬉闹打滚的中预年级的小朋友们。

没有电的校园

11月27日,由于供电局的例行检修,全校停电一天。

上午7点半,教室的电灯突然熄灭,不知真相的同学们以为又有人捣蛋拉了电闸,环顾四周,别的教室也都没有电,这是大家才知道,停电了。

停电对教学秩序造成了一定的影响。电脑课已经离不开电了,只好改作自修;其他有些科目需放映电子课件或用投影仪的也只能改用粉笔和黑板。

临近中午,大家纷纷议论食堂拉卡机没有电怎么用。有人认为,免费吃饭一天;有人认为,有备用电源;还有人认为,一律付现钞。去了食堂才知道议论多余,里面有备用发电机,不过功率较小,只能维持拉卡收银系统运行,不能开电灯。

晚饭时,除了收银系统外,别的地方都点起了蜡烛。饭菜质量与平时差不多,因为做饭主要是用煤气的,只有少数食品需要用电炉。

批考卷

星期二(10月15日)我班和年级里其他几个班参加了第一次信息科技测验,内容是Windows资源管理器基本操作和ACCESS2000数据库简单操作。在一天内,这么多人考试,考试软盘全由老师批改显然是不可能的,于是,作为班级信息课代表的我被老师“看上”了,老师让我和另一位同学负责批考盘。

中午12:30,我们准时来到1号机房。20分钟的简单培训后,我们就开始工作了。15分钟内,我批改了2张盘(当然不是我们班的)。

以后,不管中午、自修课,只要一有时间,我就拉上她去机房批改考盘。这其实是一项并不容易的工作。资源管理器操作是有专用的自动批改程序的,只要插上盘,运行一下就可以了;可是,ACCESS题目只能手工批改,在多批了几张盘后,机械、重复的“E1.mdb→FruitA→设计→……→查看‘超市名称’排序”的工序真让人乏味。在去了三次后,她终于忍不住了,在也不想去了;而我去了五次,基本完成了任务。

我们的校运会

9月29日我校举行了2002年度秋季田径运动会。

一大早,参加开幕式入场的红旗队、鲜花队(全部来自我们高一年级)和我们年级的“方队”(96人)就早早的赶到了田径场边,穿好服装,等待运动会的开始。7点20分开始入场,校旗队、红旗队、鲜花队、七个年级的方队、武术队、有氧操表演队踏着不太整齐的正步依次入场。我和另外几位同学由于没有参加竞赛项目也不参加入场式,就负责把提供给运动员的饮料搬到我们班的“阵地”——篮球场东北角。另外,我还带了自己的两瓶矿泉水和一本物理参考书。

在升国旗、校长讲话后,学生会主席宣布运动会正式开始。比赛很快开始了。但是我忘了带望远镜,所以看不见,我只好拿书出来看。当然我也看看比赛。

上午,我班的“阵地”上人很少,参加入场式的同学都不知去向,使政治班主任十分着急。原来,他们找不到我们,就去图书馆休息了。上午的比赛中,我班得了女子跳远年级第一名。

下午,我班的人基本到齐了。不过,3:25的男子1000M让我们惊得不小,因为参加比赛的王帅同学在3:10还没有检录,到处找不到他,急坏了3位班主任。原来他到教室里去了。最后他得了第六名。

“班班有歌声”活动与录音

“班班有歌声”活动即将举行,可是我们高一⑵班还没有选好到底唱哪两首歌。星期二下午团队课,宣传委员周艳同学跑到讲台上对大家说:“我初步定了雪绒花和橄榄树两首歌。谁有更好的请提出来。”唐沂同学提出了My Love,他对周艳唱了一遍;顾放想出了他最爱的第一次,也对周艳唱了一遍。我想向大家推荐得民心者得天下(电视剧雍正王朝的主题曲),我就站到讲台上用铿锵有力的声音对全班唱了一遍,博得一片掌声,有22人表示这首歌好听。

一段时间的沉默以后,没有人再推荐其他歌曲,周艳说:“现在举手表决。请大家每人选两首歌。”结果,第一轮有6人投了我这首歌的票,第二轮只有9人,这首歌被淘汰了。入选曲目是橄榄树和My Love。

关键问题不在这儿。由于我上台演唱时,有六位同学正在开会,没有听到我的歌声,他们很想听一听,而我不太愿意再次演唱。夜里,由于张至雍同学的“甜言蜜语”,我唱了一段Edelweiss,没想到,他竟用复读机把我的声音录到了磁带上。以后的几天,我的“最新单曲”在宿舍、教室被反复播放。因为磁带质量不好,有的地方可以听到狮子叫似的呜呜声,让人听了哈哈大笑。