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#tmsprobs (F’14)

We are so excited that Fall ’14 is underway! It’s been a busy first week: working on the farm (over 530 lbs of broccoli harvested on Monday, for example), starting classes, getting to know dormmates, trying to avoid signing up for a first humble, learning how to work the Hobart dishwasher, and of course trying to remember everyone’s name. As the Fall ’14 students settle into their new home and routine, they’ve already identified some classic Mountain School struggles, or what we’re calling #tmsprobs. Graduates, can you think of a few of your own?


When I’m harvesting with my Spanish teacher and wonder whether to speak to her in Spanish or English… #tmsprobs

When I forget my flashlight and have to walk back to the dorm at 9:25 pm in the dark and it’s too cloudy to see the stars… #tmsprobs

When the notes written in my desk drawer from 8 years ago are too faded to read… #tmsprobs

When I somehow lose my cloth napkin and have to wait a week to get a new one… #tmsprobs

When I’m trying to split wood and my safety glasses keep sliding off… #tmsprobs

When I get woken up by cows mooing outside my dorm at 5 am… #tmsprobs

When I don’t get woken up by cows in the morning because they’ve been slaughtered… #tmsprobs

When I’m in my dorm and I can hear literally everything the people in the next room are saying because the walls are so thin… #tmsprobs

When I try to shake out some Boraxo and end up with a giant mound in my hands… #tmsprobs

(Update: problem solved. Shout out to Annie for drilling a hole in the top of each Boraxo bottle so that not too much soap comes out at once).

When I have dinner dish crew and all five classes the next day… #tmsprobs

When I can’t fit all the food that I want to eat onto my plate… #tmsprobs

When I want to listen music in the Harvest Kitchen and there are only three stations to choose from, and two play country music… #tmsprobs

When all I want is to go for a run, but I’m still not allowed to go on the Inner Loop alone… #tmsprobs

When I forget my gloves for work period and have to run all the way back to the dorm… #tmsprobs


When I get hay in all of my clothes during work period and wonder if it will ever come out…#tmsprobs

When there are crickets chirping in the library and/or your bedroom at night… #tmsprobs

When I can’t sit down in class because my legs are too sore from wood-splitting squats… #tmsprobs

When I try to dump the mop water in the trough and end up spilling it all over my pants and feet… #tmsprobs

When I spend 30 seconds trying to find the flush lever on a composting toilet… #tmsprobs

When I don’t know whether to wear pants or shorts in the morning because I don’t know what my work period will be… #tmsprobs

When my English class meets outside and I can’t hear the poem over the cows… #tmsprobs


(Inspired by Tobold F’14)