Hey all. School has been as busy as ever but I’ve been enjoying myself. There have been more papers for my ‘Age of Independence’ Latin American history class as well as for my ‘Fiction in the U.S.’ English class. My thesis on race relations and social hierarchy in colonial New York City continues to move along (slowly but surely) and my Spanish class, though a lot of work, has been a true learning experience as of late. The class focuses on the formation of national identity in the Caribbean, specifically in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Using poems, novels and other pieces of literature as lenses, we examine how race, catholicism and african spirituality affect the national discourse in each nation we study. The class has been a lot of work – papers, tests, oral presentations, preparations for a final project – but the material typically keeps me engaged enough to distract me from the difficulty of the work… it’s an ideal college class – both challenging and thought-provoking.
In between classes and work, I’ve been dedicating a lot of time to the job search, which, unlike the hunt for the perfect college, is a lot more open-ended and intimidating. I’m looking at it as another new experience and embracing it, which has made the search more fun than stressful. There’s also been time for IM Ice hockey. The team I play on won the IM Championship last week, capping off a successful run of two championships in three years. Bragging rights are the ultimate prize, but the free t-shirt all champions receive is a nice perk.
Working on the school newspaper, relaxing at my yoga class and taking the occasional trip off campus for a meal away from commons take up the rest of my time during the week. As I write this, in fact, it’s approaching 2 a.m. and I am in the newsroom finishing up the sports section for tomorrow’s issue. Time to get back to work! Until next time…
Hey all. I was originally planning on posting pictures from the fair I went to last week, but I’m having some technical difficulties (aka I left the cord that connects the camera to the computer at home… whoops). I will get those pictures up as soon as I can get that cord sent up. In the meantime, check out my blog post about last year’s Common Ground Fair.
Anyway, all has been well here. My intramural soccer team hasn’t won a game yet, but we’re having a blast anyway. It’s been great to kick back (pun intended) and get away from the rigors of academics twice a week. I’m still pulling for us to eek out at least one victory, though.
In other news, the first two issues of the school newspaper, The Bates Student, have been printed and can be found online (check it out —> Bates Student Newspaper).
I will leave you with some photos I snapped on my cell phone (no cord needed for the photo upload, thankfully) of the quad today. It was truly a beautiful day, unseasonably warm yet not too humid. Cooler fall days are not too far away.
Until next time…
Hey all. I am heading back up to Bates in just a week and a half!!!! As you can tell from my excessive use of exclamation points, I’m pretty excited about it.
I eagerly greet the start of the school year in large part because I am a nerd. What can I say? I love school. In fact, I was walking through the school supplies aisle of my local Rite Aid store today and got giddy just seeing the glossy new folders and the unused pencils waiting to be sharpened… okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration, and I think I’ll be singing a different tune come thesis time, but I am genuinely looking forward to cracking open the books and settling back into academic life.
On top of the nerd factor, I’m excited to return to Bates because I’ve been away for such a long period of time. Between my semester abroad and a summer at home in NY, it’s been more than 8 months since I’ve stepped foot on campus. I’m curious to see how/if Bates has changed over that time and if my experiences abroad will, in turn, alter how I see Bates.
Also, it will be my senior year. The last hurrah. The final year to enjoy all that Bates has to offer. Thesis, upper-level courses, writing for the Bates Student, volunteering opportunities, intramural sports, and a whole host of other extracurricular activities and academic endeavors await. It’s a bit daunting to think about, but I’m hoping that if I approach it with a positive make-the-most-of-it-all kind of attitude, things will fall into place and it will be a fun and successful year.
For now, I’m enjoying my final week of summer before packing up and heading north to the great state of Maine. Here’s what I’ll be seeing when I get there… I hope:
Until next time…
Hey all. I apologize for not blogging much lately. Between finals week, spring break, and transitioning into short term, things have been a bit hectic in the last couple of weeks. With that justification out of the way…
Short term is now in full swing and I am enjoying every minute of it (For more information on short term check out Bates’ explanation of short term and a blog about my short term experience last year). My course is called ‘Introduction to Historical Methods’ which is a required course for all history majors. So far we have read two books about how historians approach history and most of our class discussions have focused on the ‘What is History?’ question. The class meets 3 hours a day, 4 days a week and the workload is completely manageable. As a self-proclaimed history nerd, I am enjoying the class and all the abstract conversations about history.
Outside of class I have been keeping busy playing IM flag football (3-0 so far but my team has a tough game tonight!), going to Range Pond (beach about 20 mins from campus), doing some light volunteer work, and catching up on some pleasure reading. All in all, short term continues to be just as relaxing and rewarding as last year.
Speaking of reading, former-Batsie Elizabeth Strout (’77) just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Read about it here. Until next time…