river eve
May you arrive on Housing Day with a drama-free blocking group.

Harvard is no stranger to euphemisms, and one of the most commonly heard phrases around campus these days is “blocking drama.” You don’t need to take Linguistics 101 to figure out that this broad umbrella term includes a ton of different experiences. Here’s what freshmen are really saying when they refer to blocking drama:

“I hate my friends”

I got too close to the people I met during Opening Days, only to realize by Thanksgiving that I actually hate them. So now I’ve been navigating this “drama” all by myself, and for now I’m too embarrassed to say that I’m going to be a floater.

“I have too many friends”

I somehow talked my way into five different blocking groups, and I don’t know how to break up with them. Actually, it might be easier to drop all of them and just float.

“I’m evil”

I eagerly volunteered to kick out the ninth friend from our blocking group, and I’m going to savor every second of it. No one’s safe.

“I might be the ninth friend”

My squad has been going to Berg a lot without me recently, they all just joined the same sorority, and they’ve already got plane tickets for spring break. Oh wait, I definitely am the ninth friend.

“My blocking group’s a mess”

My group is currently made up of my First Chance Dance hookup, some girl from my math section, and the ninth friend from the entryway next door. We’re probably going to get Quadded, too.

Whether you have zero friends or eight, blocking is a complicated time, but there’s no need to hide behind euphemisms. Next year, when you’re dealing with rats in Adams, booking it to class from Mather, or walking to the Quad in the snow, you’ll look back on freshman year and your silly “blocking drama” with fondness.