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A New Day's Sunrise

 
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Before I left for Israel, I just wanted to go to the beach and watch the sunset. Instead I was watching the sunset from the seat of an airplane. After being up over 24 hours with very little rest, I arrived on the Kibbutz, meeting several new people. We said goodnight and prepared for a 4:00AM wake-up call. We slept in until 4:30AM and waited at the bus stop by 5:00AM to start our day. Being mine and many others first time to Israel, Norma took us on a tour of Tel Jezreel. As we learned the history we slowly descended down to the work site, but not before we could witness something majestic.

"Don't Cry Because it's Over; Smile Because it Happened." -Dr. Seuss

 
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I kept this Dr. Seuss quote close when leaving Harlaxton, my study abroad home in England, and I called upon it again these past weeks as I experienced many “lasts” before graduation, as I walked across the stage to receive my diploma case and moved my tassel from right to left, and as I said goodbye to many college friends.

UE Music Department Alumni Day

 
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On April 12, 2014, over 100 music alumni and spouses reunited at UE to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the music department!  As a senior music major, it was fun to experience this alumni day on the student side so close to being an alum myself.  The day consisted of mingling with other alumni, viewing department memorabilia, rehearsing in various ensembles, lunch with Dr. Kazee, a showcase recital, campus tours, and a UE opera performance that evening.

Day Trip to New Harmony

 
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This past weekend, some of my friends and I enjoyed a wonderful day trip to New Harmony, a small town about 45 minutes from UE's campus. Originally the site of Robert Owen's Utopian Community, New Harmonie, the town is now a local tourist destination. There are still many remnants of that age and it is a fun place to explore!

I Don't Wanna Go

 
I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm going to go ahead and use a Doctor Who quote for my final blog post title, but it seemed fitting, because it's true. I have had a wonderful four years here at UE, and I'm not quite sure that I'm ready to go. 

But in spite of that, there are only 11 days until graduation. Yesterday was the last day of classes, and whether I like it or not, I've got a very limited amount of time left in which I get to call myself an undergraduate.

I could list a thousand reasons why I'd love to stay here at UE and just pretend I'm still allowed to take classes and see how long it took anyone to notice. But instead of doing that (because, after all, it'd be giving away my master plan), I think I'll just say a fond farewell to the university that has been my home for the past four years. 

I'm not sure I've fully quite accepted it yet that I'll be leaving, but I'm definitely taking a lot of new experiences and knowledge with me when I go. Before I came here, I'd scarcely left my small town in Ohio. The furthest away I'd been was Florida, and that was only for a few days. Now, I can say I've gone abroad for four months. I've lived in another country. I've gotten on a plane, gone to a conference in Seattle, and "networked" with a ton of other writers.

I've drafted lesson plans, taught creative writing, been a writing center mentor, and had so many little experiences that I hope I will remember always, from the first moment when I stepped out of my mom's car to look at that tree I posted about, to the unfortunate moment that I still refuse to accept where I have to get in my car and drive away, becoming that strange thing they call an alum.  

So, before I tear up, I'm just going to say it--goodbye UE! I will miss you but I think and know that almost everything I've done here has prepared me for whatever's waiting out there in the real world. So I pass the baton to the next set of bloggers and can't wait to read all about your experiences here (if I can bear the jealousy).  









Half of a weekend...it's just a tease

 

What feels like a weekend with the impending presence of exams and studying, but is only a mere one day long instead of two?  Read/study day.  With no classes or final exams, read/study day is theoretically a fantastic opportunity to get organized and begin studying for finals.  But let's be honest...it's also a giant tease of summer that is just under a week away.

April Is (Probably Not Actually) The Cruelest Month

 
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Considering it's April, I couldn't resist giving this blog post a title that gives a little nod to my favorite eccentric poet of yore, T.S. Eliot. This particular line comes from the wasteland, and claims that April, beautiful April, is the cruelest month because it sets the dormant things of the world back in motion.

However, I'm personally pretty darn happpy that the dormant things of the world are back in motion. I'm one of those dormant things--I just shut down when it gets cold, and this year's winter seemed to drag on long enough that it felt like a personal affront from mother nature.

Now that it's finally warm enough to be outside without it hurting, I've had the opporunity to reconnect with one of my favorite places on campus: the giant tree in front of Olmstead Hall.





These Things I Have Learned

 

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of my senior year! I know it’s all cliché and stuff, but the time really has gone so fast. Endings always make me nostalgic, so I set to thinking about what it is that I’ve actually learned these past four years. There have been so many amazing experiences, fantastic teachers and, yes, a mishap or two along the way, and to distill it down into a neat list is almost impossible. Yet there are a few things I think are most important that I’d like to share.

The Power of Social Media

 

We are the generation that has gotten to experience the growth and development of social media, because it has coincided so well with our own growth and development. From the younger years of social media (Xynga, MySpace) to the more mature, modern developments (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), we have been there every step of the way, willfully signing up and experiencing most, if not all, of them. 

Busy No More!

 

I feel like I heard somewhere that senior year was pretty easy and a blast and that was why it was so easy to get senior-itis before taking the next step in the journey of life or something like that. I'm here to tell you right here and right now that it's not true. This last month of college is easily one of the most hectic of my college career, but for all the best reasons. I'm currently in the midst of two (count 'em: TWO) capstone projects, an honors project, I just finished a show, I'm sewing a costume for a show coming up, I'm searching for a summer job, and I've slowly started packing up my belongings in Evansville, Indiana so that I can leave after graduation. I'm also currently in the midst of learning an Australian accent, theoretical makeup designing Peter Pan, and trying to find time to master the ukelele. 

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