This is the very last week of school! Right now, I have three art projects due, three papers to write, one test, and a few other random things to complete before I can officially say I’m done! My exam schedule worked out nicely this year because everything is spaced out, so I have time to work and study in between it all. If all goes well, a couple friends and I are planning a trip to the beach on one of the days that none of us have an exam! We like to try and doing something fun together before we move back home or to our summer jobs and we don’t get to see each other as much any more.
Oh, summer! Somehow this week is probably going to be the hardest in terms of focusing, even though there have been lots of other weeks throughout the semester where I’ve had more work than this. This semester’s workload has been consistently heavy all the time, and it has really worn me out! After this, working 40 hours per week at my summer job will be relaxing! (I’m serious!) I really am looking forward to my job. I’ll be working as a Senior Graphic Editing Assistant at a company that makes college directories, planners, and other media. I’ve had internships here the past two summers, and they’ve always been a lot of fun. It’s always busy and sometimes it can get pretty intense, but it is a different sort of busyness than school.
I also have a birthday coming up right after school ends, so that is exciting! Aside from that, I’m really looking forward to my sister’s high school graduation because all of our family will be visiting then. My sister, fiance and I are also planning a summer road trip to see our out of state family. Since my family moved this winter, I have been missing them a lot, and I am so ready to go and see them again!
This year has been wonderful, challenging, fun, exciting, full of change, and surprising in many ways. I hope next year will hold just as much excitement, and hopefully I’ll be able to blog about when I come back in the fall! Until then, I hope you enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing all the new faces on campus next semester!
Our Group, in Costume
So this semester I have been taking one class for an honors requirement that is solely about Don Juan. Yes, womanizing, seducing, sword fighting, Don Juan. We have read about ten different full length Don Juan plays and also studied dozens of other Don Juan works. I could probably write my thesis on Don Juan now, because I am pretty sure I know more about Don Juan than some of the critics we’ve read. Who knew there were so many different versions of the story? The interesting thing is we didn’t look at any two stories that were even remotely similar; they all took a completely different turn.
Our final project for the class was to perform part of one of the plays that we studied. My group was assigned Don Juan on Trial, a play written in 1991 that gives Don Juan a very modern twist. I won’t give away the ending, but suffice it to say that our play has enough conflict and drama in it to be a soap opera, which is why we titled our performance Don Juans of Our Lives: Dimensions of Love. We have been researching, memorizing lines, and practicing since midterm, and we have worked very hard on it. We performed it in an outdoor location and I think it went well, although it was extremely windy when we presented it. It was really fun getting to know the other girls in my group, but I must say that I am glad it is over! For the past couple of weeks especially, we have been having practices at all hours of the night, and it was pretty time consuming. But I think our hard work payed off, because the performance went very well and we had very few mistakes!
Art Show Announcements
This week was the gallery opening of the Annual Juried Student Art Show! As the postcard says, it will be up in the Johnson Hall Rotunda through the summer, until August 26. But what is the Annual Juried Student Art Show, you may ask? Every year, students submit many, many entries, and an outside juror judges them all. He or she selects some of them to go into the Show. In addition to getting into the show, a handful of pieces are selected to receive additional awards. At the gallery opening, these awards are announced. There are also refreshments, and it is open to family, friends, and other guests. This year, President Allen came to the opening, and she even announced some of the awards! It was really nice to have her there supporting the art students. If you will be on campus anytime soon, make sure you stop by the rotunda and take a look around if you haven’t already. I will leave you with this sneak peek to entice your interest:
No, I’m not talking about Christmas–it’s registration time! Unwrapping new classes and decorating color-coded charts are just a few of the festivities. Usually it takes me a very long time to decide which classes I want to take, how they fit together, etc., but this semester was different. Next year is my last, and there are only so many classes I have left to take. Many are offered only in the fall or only in the spring, so there really was not much choice. My schedule practically created itself! Here is what it looks like so far:
Special Topics in Graphic Design
New Writing Media
History of Graphic Design at State
I say this at this time every semester, but there are so many things to look forward to! I mean, I have FOUR classes that are just about graphic design!!! How much better can this course schedule get?
Yesterday I bought my sister her first (of many) Meredith t-shirts! It looks like she will be joining me at MC in the fall, and I, of course, am thrilled! Choosing your college can be difficult and confusing, but somehow I knew she would come here all along. I asked her what she likes best about Meredith, and she said she likes the programs for the majors she’s interested in, she gets to continue living with me, and Meredith just feels like home! Needless to say, I am very happy that she will be an angel! Mainly this is because I have grown to love Meredith so much and I want her to be able to experience it, too.
I’m sure some of you might be trying to make decisions about where you will go to college, or maybe you already have decided. Just remember to think about where you seem to fit in the best and where you can imagine being for the next four years. I decided to come to Meredith because I felt welcome here. On the visitation days I attended, the students, faculty, and staff were kind and helpful, and some even remembered my name. I knew that if I became a student here, I would be able to be a part of a community, not just another student or a number. The small size of the college has allowed me to build personal relationships with the faculty and to have opportunities I wouldn’t get otherwise. Good luck with your decision making! I’m looking forward to seeing my sister along with many other new faces on campus in Fall 2012!
You may have heard that Meredith has a new President this year, Dr. Jo Allen. On Thursday, Dr. Allen was inaugurated to her new role and became the first Meredith alumna to be president of the college! Everyone boarded buses on Thursday morning and headed to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium for the ceremony, which was attended by students, faculty, and alumnae. It was a special and exciting day for everyone, but most of all for President Allen, I think.
She seems to embody many of the things Meredith represents. I’ve had the opportunity to meet her once or twice, and it is evident she has a love for Meredith and appreciates the college’s roots and strengths. However, she also seems to have a clear direction she would like to see Meredith to progress in and ideas to improve in weak areas. This is a good mixture, because of course we ought to always progress and improve, but at the same time, it would be foolish to forget what makes Meredith “Meredith.” The catch phrase for the inauguration was “Remembering Our Roots, Extending Our Reach,” which seems to capture both of these sentiments well. Watch what President Allen had to say at the Inauguration!
At the beginning of every Spring semester I always have the same question, “Where in the world will I work this summer???” Thankfully, Meredith has tons of resources to help find jobs and internships! Academic & Career Planning’s website has tips for writing your resume and going on interviews, job listings that you can search, and even more resources, too. During the school year, they also have resume workshops, give interview practice sessions, and are available to help you look for jobs. They also offer help for finding grad schools and practicing for graduate school tests.
I have gone to the resume workshops to get advice for mine and I’ve searched for jobs on their website many times. The summer after my freshman year I found a great internship at a company that makes college directories, planners, and other media. I applied through the Career Planning website and I got the internship! I liked it so much I worked there again last summer, and I’m going to work there again this summer, too! The great thing about Meredith’s Academic & Career Planning resources is that they are available to students and alums indefinitely, no matter when you graduate.
Living on your own has its perks but there are also a few challenges, like cooking for yourself. My mom always made me help cook when I lived at home so I am comfortable cooking a lot of things, but it’s different now that my sister and I have to cook for just ourselves all the time. When I lived at home the rest of my family would always help and take turns cooking, and when I lived in the dorms I had a meal plan at the dining hall. In my apartment now, sometimes it is difficult to take the time to cook an entire meal on a busy day. Other times, it is hard to find a good variety of things to cook that are still affordable. If you are living on your own now or will be soon, I thought you might like this recipe that I make sometimes. It is really quick to make and pretty cheap, too!
Yummy Black Beans & Rice
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 (15 oz) Cans Black Beans (drained)
1 (15 oz) Can Diced Tomatoes
2-3 Cloves Chopped Fresh Garlic
1/2 Diced Onion
1 tsp. Curry Powder
Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive oil until they are clear and soft. Add the curry power, black beans, and tomatoes. Stir until everything is mixed evenly and then let it simmer until it is heated thoroughly. Serve with rice and enjoy! Note: the curry powder makes this recipe a little spicy. This should make enough for ~4 people to have a full meal.
Only one week until Spring Break! Somehow, midterm always sneaks up on me. I must say, I am really looking forward to the break. My 18 credit hours is starting to take its toll–my classes this semester are all pretty challenging. But the thing I am most excited about is flying to see my family! I haven’t seen them since they moved in the beginning of January, so it is going to be wonderful to spend time with them over break. My family just got a puppy–they are raising a guiding eyes dog–so I will get to meet him for the first time, too!
Something else exciting is that my younger sister is getting ready to go to college soon, and she might be coming to Meredith! Today I went with her to the President’s Reception. If any of you are in the area and considering Meredith, I hope you got the chance to go, too. It was really nice, my sister got to talk to several people about her different interests, and there was some yummy food, too. :) Hopefully there will be another Meredith Angel in my family soon!
This weekend I have tons of assignments, projects, and papers to finish up before break. In Interactive Design we are working on an animated song video (which I will post after it’s finished!) and in 3D Design we are making light reliefs with reed and paper (it’s a lot trickier than I thought it would be). In Astronomy I have a paper to write about exoplanets, and in my Don Juan class I’m giving a presentation on a play I read for our midterm project. And then of course I have to pack and get ready for my trip next week. By the end of the week, I am sure I will be ready for some relaxation!
I can now say that I have completed my Junior Seminar Review! What is a Junior Seminar Review, you may ask? It is simply a day when all of the art department faculty critique and evaluate all of the junior art students’ work. We’ve been preparing for it since the beginning of the semester by doing writing assignments to practice discussing our work, and by sorting through all of the projects we’ve made in school so far and weeding out the best ones. And for the past two weeks, all we’ve worked on for class is hanging and arranging our work in the hall. (It is much harder than I thought at first!) We had to consider what our strongest work is, but also what work looks nice together and feels like your own artwork and not just a project.
Before the review, I was definitely nervous. After all, this was the first time that anyone has ever looked at a body of my work and evaluated it as a whole. In classes, we mainly just look at individual projects, so I had no way of knowing if my artwork went together or how it looked overall. But even though I was a little nervous, the review wasn’t terrible. Being evaluated by the entire faculty was a little intimidating at first, but the more I though about it, the more I realized that I already know almost all of the faculty and am used to discussing my work with them. Remembering this made presenting my work much easier.
Overall, the review was much more helpful than it was intimidating. The faculty’s questions and insights helped me to discover things about my work I never thought of. It also helped me discover things about my work that I think I knew all along, but I didn’t know I knew. They gave me some really helpful advice, and I came away with a definite direction to head in with my future work!