December 26, 2015

Thanks for a Great Year!

Hey everyone!

It's been a pretty awesome year for me. I know I've been relatively lax here on the blog, but I have been very productive this year outside of here, and I thought I'd share some of my great experiences and just share my appreciation for all my friends out there who put up with my geekiness and whatnot. I had an incredible summer, seeing the San Diego Symphony perform the score to Star Trek: Into Darkness with Mckenna​ and Johanna​. I took an amazing writing class with professor Daniel Mueller​ wherein I got to develop my writing voice and skills further. I also got to see Halestorm​ with Davis!

I had an amazing semester at Willamette. I saw Lindsey Stirling live in Portland (again with Mckenna because she's awesome like that), and expanded my writing experience by writing weekly articles fro The Odyssey​ and delving into writing a draft of a book that I'd had in my head for several years. I even received news that I'll be presenting a paper next semester at a gender symposium at Lewis and Clark University. I finished out the year by seeing The Force Awakens with Vanessa, a film that recaptured the feel of Star Wars for even casual fans like myself, and had a pretty kickass Christmas with the little cousin. I have a whole new set of books to read for next year and can't wait to delve into this new material.

The year was good to me, and I'm extremely lucky in that regard. I have supportive friends and family, genuinely caring professors and fellow students, and have been thriving in an atmosphere of encouragement and general success. It's been a crazy 2015, and I hope 2016 will be just as great if not better. I do hope to get back on this blog and post more often (though given the workload for the next semester, I make no promises). I thank you for your continued support and dedication. Happy holidays and have a great New Year!

December 6, 2015

Symposiums, Finals, and Progress Charts

So, this is my progress as of last night! I'm making good headway, I think, which is good for me 'cause as it turns out, I've been accepted to give a talk at the 35th annual Women's and Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis and Clark College in March! This is an incredible opportunity for me, and I'm very humbled by it, however this does mean that I'll be needing to draft a paper over break as well, do lots of research and reading and all that, something that i hadn't exactly realized was going to be solidified when I started this whole writing a book in five weeks thing. So yeah, needless to say, I'm a bit stressed, but in a good way, like the way you are during a workout... or so I'm told- I've only worked out like back in high school so my memories of that time are filled with pain and tears.

Anyway, I digress.

The point is, this WGS symposium is super cool and I'm so excited for it! My topic will be on the representation of women and gender in the IDW Transformers comics. Because when I think cornerstone of academia and social movements, I know my mind leaps right into the lap of a franchise built on the sweat of male testosterone, dammit!

It's finals week for me starting tomorrow, but thankfully I only have one actual test I need to do; naturally it's next Saturday, which means I get the whole week to study and whatnot. I'm both pleased and annoyed by this, because I'd like to just get this Latin test over with and go home, but on the other hand, it is nice to have the extra time. I also have violin juries on Wednesday, so I'm now prepping for that. My teacher has more confidence in me than I do at this point; she's assigned me the usual: scales, arpeggios, and a solo, but then on our last lesson before jury, she added that I should play a scale of thirds for the panel... which I guess I did alright on in the lesson but I hadn't exactly planned on doing it for a grade, so... y'know, I was a bit caught off guard. So I'll be doing that! Yay.

This semester overall has been very good for me in terms of discipline. I've built upon my admittedly not-too-shabby time management skills, and I've learned so much from my classes! Astronomy in particular, while the weakest class for me in terms of grades, was just amazing in terms of the subject matter, and the professor was really good. At the end of her final lecture, as she was running out of time so had to rush through to finish it off, we gave her a class-wide round of applause and that made me smile real big because y'know, she deserved that, and it was all nice and everything!

I hope you all do well on your own final exams or papers or pull through to the end of your jobs for the year or whatever else you're stressing over during the holiday season! You can do it! I believe in you!!