End of Spring Semester Part 1: Scavenger Hunt

Lots of activities going on at this time of the semester!!
Flurry of due dates of final papers and projects (of course), banquets, and the bittersweet-ness of leaving school for home and summer.

Saturday, a few friends and I spent an hour sprinting (literally) around campus for a literary-themed scavenger hunt put together by our professor/captain of the English nerds, Becky.  The killer list included items we needed to take pictures of and also things we needed to physically find and bring back.  The list flapped in the breeze, threatening to fly out of my hands as Ashley and I ran around campus as teammates.  Backpacks flying and glints of crazy competitiveness in our eyes, we got some pretty strange looks from passers-by.

Items/pictures included typical things on campus or found in our rooms such as a DVD or flashlight, but others were not so normal.  For example, a wad of dryer lint (ew), a picture of a squirrel (all seemed to be hiding during that hour), a diagram drawn by a teacher we all have, a Lego, etc.

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Here, Ashley and me posing on the red, supposedly decorative, balls outside our performing arts building.

Not pictured, the bird poop I accidentally sat in and the microscopic bugs we squished.

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Got our picture snapped with James Naismith.  This was the high-scoring shot that eventually led to our narrow win.

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The enemies, Maura and Lauren!

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Prizes included pride and bragging rights, colored bubbles, and Barbie-sized trophy :-)

It was a nice break from reading/writing and a beautiful day!  Can’t believe the last two days of classes start tomorrow!

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There’s a Poem In my Pocket!

My poetry professor told our class last week that today is Poem in Your Pocket Day =) (to celebrate near the end of April’s Poetry Month)

My poem found on Poemhunter.com is by author Sara Teasdale, who I’ve been reading a bunch of lately.

Alchemy

I lift my heart as a spring lifts up
A yellow daisy to the rain;
My heart will be a lovely cup
Although’ it holds but pain.

For I shall learn from flower and leaf
That color every drop they hold,
To change the lifeless wine of grief
To living gold.

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Anyways, when I’m not reading poems to you from my pocket, I’m wrapping up many, many papers and projects due before I leave for the semester– handling all due dates and the stress really well. I lucked out not having everything due on the same day. I’m excited to be home for summer in a dozen or so days, but I’m definitely sad this enjoyable semester is coming to a close. Wish me luck in these last four days of classes!

Scholars in Action Day at Springfield College

Because I virtually pinky-promised to update here with how today went, here’s a brief synopsis:

It was great!!!  Starting off before 9am by listening to three hours worth of Toni Morrison papers may not be the most riveting way to spend a morning, but my classmates wrote fantastic papers, all with worthy points and critical analysis.  All ten of us did a fantastic job reading with confidence and at a clear, understandable pace that it went over really well.  The professors and judges that sat in apparently were very impressed.  A graduating senior member of our English Seminar class even tied for first place in the SIA Day’s Conference Paper category!  Congrats Kathleen :-)

The afternoon consisted of dance, music, theater, and the Alden Street Review literary magazine reading that I was a part of.  All of my readings went off without glitches surprisingly, and I didn’t even trip over any microphone cords (or thin air for that matter) in my heels.  Congrats to our lovely graduating Editor in Chief, Kara, on producing a beautiful magazine!!  Your hard work and leadership definitely paid off!!  I have a couple of copies of the magazine to show my family my name in print when I get home :)

Now that this day of scholarly professionalism and presentations has come and gone, I was able to relax for the rest of it with friends, putting our papers, books, notes, and planners out of sight and out of mind.  We relished the afternoon sun on the lawn in front of my building, changing out of dresses and heels into shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops.

Overall, I’m feeling a couple huge weights lifted after today, paired with the fantastic, yet fleeting weather.  It was good to laugh again while hanging out, knowing that our academic efforts have been recognized and rewarded.  I’m so very grateful to the friends and professors that have helped me out all semester!  To everyone that has given me pointers and encouragement on the big things and the little things too, I honestly really appreciate you for putting time and effort into me and my studies.  Sorry for the cliché, but you all know who you are <3

Sti-Yu-Ka Scorcher

Unless you’re living under a special, air-conditioned rock someplace, you’ve realized it’s hottttttt out!!

I almost deleted my Weather.com app when I checked it yesterday, and it predicted today’s high of 91 degrees in Springfield. With a dorm room whose heater still feels like it’s breathing hot air onto my sticky neck, I wasn’t amused to find out my app wasn’t lying. Even now at almost 7PM, it’s still in the 80s.20120416-193859.jpg

There is a lot going on here at Springfield College this week. Most prevalent, it’s our spring week, somewhat famously called Sti-Yu-Ka (which I learned, somewhat late in the game (yesterday), means “coming of age” from a Native American translation). A classmate of mine has a great article about the week from the SC Student Newspaper posted here! Apparently, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual event! Every year during this week, there are tons of events like the kick-off concert, charity events, the “Taste”, and a bunch of games and outdoor activities. Right now, my room’s window is suffocating me in grill smoke and the melodies of country music from my building’s “Country Fest”. I obviously love the grill and country music. I’m just a bit bitter, because I was only outside for a little until papers called me back in, and then WordPress beckoned me for a break…

Sti-Yu-Ka is known mostly as a week excessive amounts of student drinking, and if you’re a nerd, also for the excessive homework assigned attempting to counter-act the drinking. Welcome to my life of being torn between two worlds: tempting “Country Fest” is outside, and my books and notes are scattered around my floor, bed, and desk. Another big part of Sti-Yu-Ka, again for the nerds, is Scholars in Action Day. Tomorrow, all day in the union, students will be presenting papers and posters, various performances, and other readings. To my great luck, I get to be in the air-conditioned building from 8:45-2:45. For my English Seminar course taught by my advisor, Professor Eaton, all of my classmates and I will be presenting papers on distinguished author Toni Morrison (we have plenty of material having read five of her novels at this point in the semester with one left to go). Translation, approximately 3 hours of riveting auditory entertainment! Later in the day with some others, I’m reading my poem published in our campus’ literary magazine The Alden Street Review. I’m also on the Editorial Board, and will be stepping up as Editor in Chief (that would look great on a shiny badge, huh? kidding, obviously) after my good friend Kara graduates this year. There’s rumored to be free t-shirts (classic of SC) and raffles for participants, yay!

I’ll update on how SIA Day goes– knowing myself, I’ll probably do something great followed by something embarrassing, so stay tuned! :-)