Finally Finished!

As everyone has been experiencing the midterm crunch this week, I was reasonably let off easy with just one paper– or so I  thought.

My big assignment before  the freedom of October break was writing my first paper in my Anthropology/Religion course on Ancient Greek Mythology, Magic and Gods. Really interdisciplinary, right? The class, ANRE 225, is awesome. All the myths and stories that I’ve been hearing all my life suddenly have greater dimensions added, when coupled with specifically selected readings of anthropological theory. Instead of just accepting that myths and traditions seem quirky and unique, now everything means something: which God said what to who, what was sacrificed and how the sacrifice took place, through what vehicle the worship occured… etc.

That being said, because it is an anthro class, as well as a religion class… about ANCIENT GREECE, there were certain things that made writing this paper difficult. In the first place, picking what to write about was a challenge. It was a case where the professor just left a blank space for us– “write an analytical essay”. Period. Just anything in the entire sphere of the class. I was super lost, without any kind of direction until I went to his office hours and we talked out my wide variety of possible topics that I’d selected. It was settled, then: I would focus on private rituals in the home focused on Hestia, or the hearth, and then analyze what these rituals meant to the Greek people that practiced them.

The synthesis of historic data, anthropological theories, and my own personal analysis was a difficult process to be sure. I worked all of last week and much of this weekend on it — I even spent my Saturday night in PGill reading articles and collecting data! Still, last night around 10pm when I finally finished, I felt so relieved, so proud! There was this enormous weight lifted from my shoulders;  the last thing I had to do was done! Fall break, here I come!

The next step is heading to Montreal with 9 other girls for three days of crazy… we’ll see what happens when Bobcats go international??

Good Morning, Sun

Yesterday morning I got up at 5:30 AM. What? WHY? This is the common reaction. However, I got up, headed out in order to go on an Outing Club trip, in fact my favorite type, a Sunrise Paddle.

This trip consists of waking up about an hour before the sun, when all of Bates is sleeping, and meeting up at the Boat Barn on Frye Street, where we load up the trailer with canoes and head out towards Lake Auburn, about 15 minutes away. There’s usually a lot of people signed up for these early morning adventures, with the promise of delicious breakfast at Nezinscot coupled with a perfect view of the sunrise the major draws, however, often times people can’t bear to wake up with their alarms, and only a few braves souls make it out.

We loaded up and made our way out, everyone acknowledging that it was FREEZING out, but still pleased to be up and out on the water. We had nine boats, with three people in each one. When we put the boats in the water, it was still pretty dark out, however, as we all paddled out to get a good view slowly but surely it brightened up, and the tree-covered hills surrounding the lake were slowly being lit up and showing their foliage. Around seven though, everyone’s fingers were cold and the sun had mostly risen, so after a short but worth it paddle, we loaded up the boats again and headed to the farm.

The majority of times that I’ve been to Nezinscot have actually been at odd times in the morning, nearer to 6 and 7 than most Batesies could imagine. Nezinscot is a wonderful farm that has amazing food, a popular spot when students want to get a break from Commons. Always the second part of sunrise paddles, the breakfast is that much more satisfying, as almost a reward for getting up early and appreciating the natural beauty all around.

But, as we are all academically engaged Bates students, the van was back in time for 9:30 classes, and luckily I had enough time to change out of my long underwear before heading to my Tolkien’s Middle Ages course.

Ready to Rehearse

Only October and I’m already a few rehearsals into my first play of the year ! “Sociability” by Charles Dizenzo, directed by sophomore CG Niquette, is being put on by the Robinson players in an evening of one acts in November. I play Fanny, a sickly enthusiastic hostess and wife who isn’t particularly thrilled with guests from hell, who constantly make inappropriate comments and personal comparisons. My character is guilty of the comparisons as well, and it turns into a free for all in the end, with furniture and clothing being destroyed!

I’m glad to be in rehearsals and keeping busy, but my work load is definitely getting heavier. Now comes the time to balance commitments; all the clubs, classes, plays, and jobs are vying for my time and I need to try and keep everything in order. Hello sophomorism !

Bates College: WITH PARENTS!

Here we are the beginning of October, and along with it has come beautiful fall foliage, increasing amounts of work and… PARENTS! It’s parents weekend here at Bates and I couldn’t be more excited. Definitely at the perfect time when I’m just beginning to get overwhelmed by deadlines and work, my parents will alleviate all stress associated with the intense midterm season.

Plans for this weekend include apple picking and cider donuts, dinner at Fuel, A cappella concert at Lewiston Middle School, and Portland tomorrow! I can’t wait to meet all my friends’ parents, and for them to meet mine. It’s the merging of two parts of your life; school and home. Can’t wait!!