End of Semester Part 2: Banquet Season

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve lucked out with deadlines big time for final papers, projects, and revisions! My friends and I are loving this teeny bit of freedom from stress and physically having to be at classes, meetings, etc. as most assignments simply have to be dropped off by a deadline. While the semester is winding down, it’s additionally the season for closing banquets and ceremonies for various clubs and things…

We had the end-of-year banquet for the Academic Success Center tutors which was yummy and nicely put together and involved a competitive game of SC Jeopardy!:

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Check out the one in the flashy red pants

Also the Humanities banquet: organized and delicious as always, with a slight side of the awkwardness always present at functions where awards are given and people who don’t normally get along try to act like best friends over chicken and cannolis. (no pics, sadly)

The night prior the college’s sole Reading Day before exams is “Late Night Breakfast” in our dining hall. Not needing any explanation, from 10PM-midnight, madness over home fries, omelets, bacon, and donuts ensues. The main attraction is President Flynn who flips chocolate-chip pancakes from the grill onto students’ waiting plates from at least 10 feet away. Being inexplicably practiced, not many people drop theirs, although when a wave of deafening clapping begins, you know there was some pancake splatter.

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Me and Laur late-night carb over-loading

Yesterday was the celebration for the Career Center’s Apprentice Competition which I applied for and came in second place!  The pics from the ceremony aren’t uploaded, but below is a candid.

A photo from my interview with a panel of seven members

Today was also the poetry reading in the Union for my Advanced Creative Writing course with the always positive, encouraging, and humorous Chair of our Humanities Department, Dr. Lloyd. Poetry class quickly rose to the top of my most enjoyable classes taken at SC, and I’m a little sad to see it end.  Each member of our class read some of their work from the semester for about five minutes.  Everything went really well, and we were happy to have a small audience!

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The class with Dr. Lloyd (middle)!

Fun times :-)

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!

It’s a Beach Life For Me!

Dad and I have been taking advantage of our proximity to the beach on Anna Maria Island every single day this week!!!  It’s been fantastic with only a three-minute walk to the ocean from our motel room!  The place we’re staying is picture perfect; they have beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. for guests to use whenever they please, because they know many people come by plane without the ability to pack those things.

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We’ve also been enjoying some beautiful sunsets =)

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And made our yearly début at Ed Smith Stadium, the recently built Orioles Spring Training park, supposedly one of the most environment-friendly ball parks in the country.  I don’t know how “green” they really are, but they make a great hot dog, if that counts for anything…  We watched the O’s lose badly against the Pirates on Wednesday, and have tickets to their game on St. Paddy’s day versus the Red Sox!  I have my Ireland shirt ready to go =)

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While I don’t have to pretend this week, I have a few envious friends back in New England, but hope you’re all enjoying your break.. even if you’re not at the beach!!  Though I couldn’t be at the beach every day of my life like Dad says he could, it has definitely helped me relax and get my creativity on:

 


WORSHIP

Churches, synagogues, other places of higher power prayer,

abandoned. Today, to the beach. Towels turn,

rotate like clockwork. Chins slanted upwards,

devoted attention. Oils applied, food scrap sacrifices

given to the sand. Even the birds

caw their chanted hymns

to the sun.