May 6, 2011 Today is the last day of classes, and though I probably should've spent this past week in the library preparing for all my finals, I was doing fun stuff instead!
Monday was the last day of my independent study with Russell Marcus. Though our meetings are only scheduled for an hour, we spent two hours talking about logic, and he invited Jess and me to his house for dinner! I thought this was especially kind of him, since Jess is gluten free and I'm a vegetarian, which is not always an easy combination. We'll probably also play Settlers of Catan, which I find both awesome and hilarious. I mean, where else can you play Settlers with your professor?
Anyway, that night I went to a pirate poetry reading, where students from the Intro. to Creative Writing class wrote poems about rum and scurvy curs and whatnot. I was actually so inspired that I wrote and read a poem on the spot. Also, Professor Hall brought her 3-year-old son and read a poem with him. Have you ever seen a 3-year-old in a pirate costume? It... it might have been the best thing ever, you guys.
Tuesday, my boss Noelle invited all the North Side RAs to her apartment for dinner! All the food was very delicious and it was also great to see my fellow staff members all in one place. And because all the Area Directors live on campus, Noelle's apartment was a 30 second walk from my dorm! Thanks again, Noelle! Immediately after ther dinner, I made my way to Wellin for a GIANT concert that the Hamilton College Choir and the Community Ontario Society put together. They played Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, which is basically a 90-minute long chunk of musical epicness.
Moving on to Wednesday! All the RAs had one last meeting to talk about end-of-year stuff. Perk of being an RA: we get to stay for senior week! After that, we had a meeting for next year's staff to get to know each other. I couldn't help but think back to this time last year, when I had just been hired as an RA. I can't decide if I was more nervous last year, as a newbie with no experience, or this year, as a Head RA responsible for several new RAs. Either way, all the newcomers seemed really nice, and I'm already excited for next year! After these meetings, I had a reunion with my ASB (Alternative Spring Break) group. It was great to see all of them again and revive the old inside jokes.
Yesterday, I met with my Chinese class to watch a screening of our movies! A couple weeks ago, we split up into pairs to film funny 5-minute movies, entirely in Chinese. One of my classmates remarked on how strange it was that a year ago, we wouldn't have understood these movies at all. Yet here we are, 9 months and 500 characters later, making movies about Red Bull and penguin dream sequences and boy bands. The professors also provided us with delicious Chinese food and some very fancy looking chopsticks. They're so kind!
Which finally brings us to today: Class and Charter Day. There's an award ceremony (I won some stuff!), a concert, a sprint triathlon, and a picnic! Classes end early and everyone is out and enjoying the nice weather. Which is what I'm about to go do.
Until next time!
This entry's Shout Out goes to Russell Marcus, who won the John R. Hatch award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations!
Major / Minor: English / Mathematics and Anthropology
Activities: The Spectator, Resident Advisor, Study Buddies, Tutoring, Project Shine
Favorite Pastimes: Trivia Night, Humans vs. Zombies, awesome conversations at the language tables, playing Nintendo 64
Hometown: Geneseo, N.Y.
High School: Geneseo Central School