May 2, 2010 Friday was gorgeous, but I was really tired and ended up sitting in my room half reading, half falling asleep. In came Maeve, Amanda, Julia, Kristin and Lauren (I can't remember who else) all of whom decided that Kate and I should get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air. They were right! We took a walk over to the Light Side and stopped at Commons for some ice cream. Then we came across Rachel and decided to sit in a circle on the quad. Chatting with friends in the midst of a beautiful campus is a great way to end the week.
Meanwhile, the senior art show was taking place in CJ (Christian Johnson Building), so we thought we'd check it out. I'm not really a visual art person (I much prefer music) but Maeve is an art history major (and also a recently declared comp lit major — yay Maeve!) so she helped me better appreciate my peers' work. All I can say is that Hamilton has some really talented students. I was particularly impressed by one piece, which was a huge woven display of both synthetic and authentic human hair tied in elaborate knots and assembled in a way that showcased many natural, earthy hair colors.
Now that the weather is getting really nice, we're all waiting for classes and finals to be over. Honestly, I'm kind of excited to study for my finals. I think I'm going to have fun reviewing all the composers we studied in my music class and trying to make sense of the ideas proposed in my philosophy of science class. The true pay-off, though, will be when finals are over, because I'm staying for senior week. Although typically for seniors (duh), senior week is something that students in any year can take advantage of if they have an excuse to stay on campus. This year, Brass Ensemble is playing at Commencement, so we all get to have cool, amazing, awesome Brass Ensemble BONDING SESSIONS. Then we get to play great pieces like Fanfare from La Peri and Pomp and Circumstance for a massive audience that probably won't being paying much attention to us anyway. I'm also looking forward to hanging out with some of my other friends who will be on campus then too.
Lastly, I just want to say that my orchestra concert last night was incredible! Of the three pieces we performed, Stravinsky's Petrushka was probably the most exciting and rewarding. The great thing about college is that all of your friends are involved in different things — so because many of my friends came to my orchestra concert to support me, I go to events like Lauren's poetry readings and Amanda's Oratorio Society concert to support them!