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I finally started thinking about packing for college today. I made a list of stuff I want to bring. It consists primarily of math books, and it seems so empty. I’ll have 21 books there if the ones on my list are all I will take (which they won’t be). I’m used to having many thousands around the house, and, while I have never opened most of them, it’s comforting to know that they are around in case I need them. I can’t imagine how I will survive with such a small number of books. Hopefully I’ll manage somehow. It’s funny to think that in five days, for the first time since I was just a little baby, this house will no longer serve as my residence.

Today I ran another online ARML practice. This was the third one I ran (and the fourth one total). I wasn’t very happy with some of the problems I used. I wrote one problem myself, and it was silly, but I meant it to illustrate a point, which I believe it did. Then I got 4 problems from a Canadian competition I found on the web, and they weren’t particularly interesting problems. Then I found three good problems from AoPS that Joel posted (if you’re reading this, thanks Joel!), and those were good problems. I think people liked them. I really need to get better at problem writing, especially if I’m going to be running these practices every week for at least a year.

I finished the second book on the Riemann Hypothesis, Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire. I liked it a lot more than Sabbagh. I’m thinking about starting the third book, but I want to read Riemann’s Zeta Function by Harold Edwards much more, so I’ve read a few pages of that. Of course, I would rather be reading The Theory of the Riemann Zeta Function by Titchmarsh, but I think that’s a bit over my head right now, so I’ll stick to Edwards.

I finally unpacked my new printer/scanner today, but I was too lazy to plug it in. Maybe I should do that now.

Why are we supposed to get to college 9 days before classes start? That’s just cruel and unusual punishment. On second thought, there’s a library. I need to make a schedule for myself, so I should do that now. Remind me if I’m not following it and it is between September 15th and September 19th.

08:00 — breakfast
08:45 — use the computer
09:30 — math
11:30 — cello
12:15 — lunch
13:00 — history
14:00 — math
15:30 — computer
16:30 — piano (if possible)
17:30 — random activities
18:00 — dinner
19:00 — math
21:30 — chess
00:00 — sleep

Will I really follow this schedule? Let’s see if I can try at least.


About Simon

Hi. I'm Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo. I'm a mathematics postdoc at Dartmouth College. I'm also a musician; I play piano and cello, and I also sometimes compose music and study musicology. I also like to play chess and write calligraphy. This blog is a catalogue of some of my thoughts. I write them down so that I understand them better. But sometimes other people find them interesting as well, so I happily share them with my small corner of the world.
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4 Responses to Next Post

  1. z9r4c3 says:

    🙂 Don’t worry, you’ll do fine. hopefully at UCSB, dorm life = ARML? probably not… but you’ll have fun. 9 days? aww…

  2. rippledance says:

    Have fun at college. =)

  3. yoz says:

    Good luck at college! Don’t overworry about packing. Usually you can get things from home later on if you really need them.
    You may find that your current waking hours are too early. (I have found as much in my 2 weeks at college so far…)

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