How are we already in week eight? This is insane!! Time needs to slow down. Seriously. I know I say it all the time and I apologize for being a broken record but this year has been so awesome. Abroad in Ireland, internship in NYC, now I’m a senior. I swear once a day someone asks me what my plans are after graduation. I’m sorry guys, but I don’t know yet! Don’t worry though, I do think about it. I know I have to job search. It’s overwhelming and slightly terrifying.
To avoid major anxiety, I’m focusing on the “now.” I LOVE my classes. This semester I am finally finishing up my minor in Anthropology/Sociology. Urban Sociology with Professor Patch is my favorite. I am so glad I was thrown to the wolves during my internship in NYC because it forced me to open my eyes and stay aware. Now, I have a much better understanding of cities (more than I had before anyway, which was nothing). In Urban Sociology, we’re discussing what types of people live in cities, why they live there, how cities are set up physically and socially, urbanism and urbanization. The theorists who have researched this stuff came to some fascinating conclusions and almost every class my mind wanders back to NYC.
Another super fun class is Dynamics of Sound. It’s a new class this semester and it’s categorized under Special Topics. Professor Russo teaches at a couple other nearby schools and I’m so glad he’s at Roger now. We use this software called Reaper to play with sound, essentially. We can change the volume of certain sections or pan from right to left. We’ve made short audio pieces and longer news packages. It’s a lot of fun (if you’re into nerdy, technical stuff like me).
A couple weeks ago we held our first Open House of the year. As an Admission Ambassador (tour guide), I mingled in the gym with families checking out the sports and club tables and also gave a couple quick tours around campus. It was a lot of fun, especially since I hadn’t given a tour since before I went abroad. I forgot how cool it was to share my experience and my love for Roger with perspective students and families. I like to think, and I hope, the personal stories I share with them sort of touch their heart (God, that was so corny).
Also a couple weeks ago, the senior journalism majors were invited by the RWU President’s wife, Maia Farish, to attend the Rhode Island Public Radio Gala in Providence. Tom Ashbrook from NPR’s On Point spoke with NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. She was such a cool woman. She told one story about how she was interviewing a terrorist in Trinidad and Tobago who, after their chat, rolled down his car window and said, “I know you think I’m a terrorist but can I give you a ride to your hotel?” How cool is that?! And yes, he genuinely just gave her a ride. I hope my life is that cool one day.
Last week, Roger had the common reading author Nathaniel Philbrick come speak. The common reading was his book “Mayflower.” For 10th grade honors English I had to read his other book “In the Heart of the Sea.” When I found out he was the common reading author I felt like my life had come full circle. Ya know? 10th grade…my passion for writing was blossoming…and now, I’m a journalist. Right? Anyway, I thought it was awesome! He spoke exclusively to journalism students beforehand and was such an inspiration. He hadn’t written a speech and he didn’t sound like a broken record. He spoke from within. He gave us advice on writing and life. It was just such a special treat.
Time has been flying by. I’m trying to savor every minute of every day. On a side note, remember in my last post I spoke about some exciting things going on? I can’t tell you quite yet but I will in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!