As I’ve said many times before, ISE is a remarkable course. With just 90 people, we are small enough to have many recreational advantages, such as knowing everyone’s name, but still large enough to count as a real course by any standards. Last Monday, these social perks were unbashfully exposed when over a tenth of all ISE students made their way to the Trocadero for some bowling and bumper car action.
It is always enjoyable when we get together, as we seems to follow the same social dynamic as an ethnic minority. We all inherently have something in common and we all know of the inside jokes and traditions, so we naturally get along. In this case, it’s the ability to make jokes in python or C++ at any nonspecific moment. Moreover, I sense that part of our time together is a survival instinct – by banding together, we appear bigger, and so ward off any potential predators.
The bowling was fun, and because of my severe inability to knock down wooden pins with a large spherical object, conversation was a lot more fun. Afterwards, any pent-up rage I had for those that beat my score (everybody) was thoroughly dislodged with a stint on the bumper cards.
Since Trocadero is a large, and incredibly enjoyable arcade, with bowling we got tickets for every spare or strike any of us made. At the end of the night we all decided to combine all of our tickets and purchase what would become an ISE mascot. Another great thing about having such a small number of people is the lack of red tape for these kinds of decisions. We already had over 10% of the year present, as well as 3 year reps who represented 80% of the entire course. In short, say hello to ISEBear, the official ISE Mascot!!
Thanks for reading,
P.S: Huge thanks to Charlotte for the photographs and for general amazingness