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March 28, 2013

Stress is Exciting…?

This week starts the next two weeks of pain and torture. But at the same time, it’ll be some of the most exciting weeks of my year.

International Gala is next week!

I don’t know where time went, but it must have just slithered by me, because out of no where the biggest event on campus is next week! In 8 days, 22 countries and 4 regions will be represented in what we call International Gala, hosted by the International Student Association. Each student can join with a bunch of friends and other students and they get the chance to showcase a dance and song that is representative of the country or culture that they are a part of. There is a flag ceremony and students really get actively engaged – it’s the largest attended event throughout the year (and ISA gets a large, large, LARGE budget to make sure it’s the best).

[Photos taken from here by photographer Ashley Klenn]

A lot of students do multiple countries, but I could only handle one. So, Ballroom is doing USA, and we’re doing a great mash-up between “Proud Mary” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” It should be a great performance. I’m more excited for next year’s Gala, I want to be the choreographer for USA. I don’t want to start planning too soon though — USA is a tough country to get. We usually get it every other year, so we’ll have to see what next year gives us.

My Honors Thesis has BEGUNNNN.

My data collection is starting, which means my amount of class time is dropping and the amount of time in the lab is growing.

Falling asleep, writing this blog post, in the lab while I wait for participants to arrive.

But it’s a lot of fun. I don’t think I can talk specifics yet, but I have a lot of participants taking questionnaires and writing journals, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! It’s about rumors, and how we both use them to make meaning of things, and how we make meaning of rumors.

DID YOU CATCH ME ON YOUTUBE?!

I was live in an admissions chat yesterday! I didn’t know I would be leading discussion until a few minutes before, but it was so much fun! So many of the admitted students asked questions and me, Jessa Green, Jenny Six, and Patrick Burchat all were live to answer them. You can see the video here and if you have further questions, feel free to email us! (First letter of our first name, then our last name, @clarku.edu). Please ask me more questions, (connect with me on facebook!). I hope they do it again sometime because I personally thought it was extremely helpful! Maybe next time I’ll bring us speakers some cupcakes! How does that sounds, everyone?

It’s looking to be a very busy, but productive, end of the semester. Enjoy what you have left! And if juniors are starting to look, I’d recommend checking out my post about not being worried to make a mistake in deciding! (Here).

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