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Long Time, No See

April 30, 2011   11 days ago, I mentioned that I had a lot of work to do.  I finally finished it all yesterday!  Let's get caught up on what you've missed in the past couple weeks.

Last Friday, I went to the pub for an afternoon with English majors and professors.  Once a month, the English and creative writing departments invite all the concentrators to the pub for a drink - or, if you're under 21, popcorn!  I spent the afternoon talking with some creative writing concentrators who were finishing up their senior portfolios.  I couldn't imagine writing tens of pages of short stories like they do, but when I told them that I would much rather write a thesis on Shakespeare, they looked at me like I was crazy.  To each his own, I suppose.  Also, Professor Hall and Professor Terrell both brought their toddlers to the pub.  They were so adorable!

Speaking of meeting professors' families, Margie Thickstun invited our Milton class to her home for dinner this coming week.  This is a great tradition at Hamilton and one that Margie always generously upholds.  Come to think of it, she invited my freshman seminar to dinner, as well!  Just more evidence that Margie is wonderful and you should all take a class with her.

Speaking of having dinner with professors, I once again made my way to the Chinese table last Tuesday.  The table officially runs from 5:30 to 7:00, but we all stayed until Commons closed at 8:00.  Among all the things we talked about, the professors also talked me into taking another two semesters of Chinese.  They were very persuasive.  I just couldn't say no to another year with some of my favorite professors!

Thursday, I went to the English honors thesis presentations.  I never knew you could do so much analysis on Winnie the Poo, you guys!  Another student did a thesis on the portrayal of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, which interested me because, if you haven't noticed, I'm a pretty big Shakespeare fan.  Anyway, it kind of made me excited to get started on my own thesis, even though it's still two years away.  It was so apparent that these seniors have become experts of sorts, and I think understanding something that intimately is a pretty cool way to end one's college career.

That night, I went down to Wertimer House, the dorm I lived in freshman year, to spend the night on the common room floor.  You see, a bunch of friends and I were going to wake up early for the royal wedding, and Wertimer has a 54" TV.  We spent most of the night pretending to do work, got three hours of sleep, and then had scones in the morning and watched the sun rise as the television announcers marvelled over the way Kate Middleton wore her hair.  I wouldn't have traded that morning for anything in the world. 

Throughout the rest of the day, I met with three professors in office hours and a writing center tutor, all of whom were terribly patient with me even though it was painfully apparent that I was running on three hours of sleep.  People at Hamilton are so nice, you guys!

Phew!  Now we're all caught up.  Until next time!

This entry's Shout Out goes to Allie Kerper `15.  Thanks for reading, and see you on the Hill!