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April Showers Bring…More Rain.

The countdown has begun as we dive into our last month of classes! I’m not sure if I should be excited or stressed at this point, so I’ve settled on somewhere in the middle. Though I can see many drafts and rewrites in my (not so distant) future, I’m still standing on solid ground when it comes to grades and classwork. Besides finishing two long papers (15 pages and 3,000 words) and learning 34 pages of Brahms in German, my weeks ahead don’t really look half bad. This is more than I can say for most of my peers though as I can see some of them on the edge of implosion from stress levels. But no worries! Everyone always tends to get through the final weeks faring better than they originally expected. It’s just how things work.

I’m getting ahead of myself though. We all were given a much needed reprive last week as Spring Break descended upon us. I, on the other hand, would have to categorize my Spring Break as being…incredibly demanding and draining!! I got to spend the first weekend up north in Seattle, but come Tuesday morning it was back to campus. The crew team made up the majority of students on campus last week as we upped our work load to two-a-day practices down on the Willamette. We made some huge strides in terms of speed and cohesiveness, but that of course comes at a cost; time not spent on the water was time spent eating or in a deep sleep. Though my body still feels a bit exhausted, I had no homework and enjoyed the mindless repetition of eat, sleep, row. On Saturday we travelled up to Tacoma for our first race of the season. All around we had a pretty solid showing (despite the rain’s attempts to drown us all). For more details on the week/race/day to day practices, visit the L&C Crew Blog! I also hosted a prospective rower/student over the break. She had already committed to L&C but it was great to see her get so excited after seeing the school itself. I could also tell that this school would be a perfect fit for her and I’m looking forward to having her as a teammate next year!

Tonight I’m planning on watching my roommate perform in the French play “On Purge Bébé”. I went to see the same friend perform last year and it was really funny. Though my French language skills are fairly limited and I have already run through the script with her a couple of times, I will still probably only understand the general plotline of the play. Either way, I’m still impressed that they can learn so many lines in another language and I honestly really find that the acting itself is one of the most entertaining parts of the evening.

At this point I’m looking forward to the weekend and our next crew race! L&C is hosting 17 different schools at the NCRC Invitational this weekend at Vancouver Lake and hopefully (knock on wood) the weather holds!! Other than that it’s just business as usual. Feel free to contact me with any random questions or comments at asbridge@lclark.edu

Until later,
Jess

1 April 2009