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Hit It, Maestro!

I just got back from the Valentine’s Vocal Concert, and now I have to gush over how awesome it was! I performed three songs with the Women’s Ensemble: Stepsister’s Lament, Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier, and Niška Banja. It was a good mix of fun, morose and scandalous. The a cappella groups, choral ensembles and duets were also all beautifully performed. I never realized that there was this whole little niche at L&C. I also can’t say enough great things about our conductor Kathy FitzGibbon. She is one of the most positive and encouraging people I’ve met here at L&C, and her energy is so contagious. The more I branch out in my activities, the more I’ve noticed that this school is full of some wonderful people.

Crew is in full swing at this point; braving the icy waters of the Willamette by the light of the rising sun. Today I rowed with a girl who was trying out crew for the first time. Though I almost froze to my seat, I was so incredibly impressed by her progress at the end of the practice. She seemed to really enjoy it and I’m so excited to see some new people joining the team! This is going to give us alot of depth, as well as just be a blast.

As a side note, I just have to mention that people who plan on cooking in college should learn how to do so properly before arriving. Tonight we had our third fire alarm due to food being burned to a crisp. Now, I do admit that I have been the culprit once myself (hair straightener incident), but cooking popcorn just seems like a life skill that is to be mastered before the age of 18. It should be a requirement - pop a bag without nuking it and you get into college.

My classes are going well. It’s about time to start turning in the first round of papers, so I’ve been working on some of those in between reading. My favorite assignment so far has been from my Rock and Roll Novel class. We had to make a list of the top 10 best and top 10 worst songs of all time. It turned out to be quite a challenge. Other than that, schoolwork is feeling routine again and like always I’m looking forward to the weekend.

I will attempt to get some pictures of my weekend activities and post them next time. Send me any thoughts or questions!

Until later,
Jess

12 February 2009