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Exhaustion and Exhiliaration

With the end of the semester fast approaching, all areas of Colby life seem to be increasing in intensity. Work-wise, my friends and I are having some of our hardest weeks yet. There are just so many papers and so many exams that it’s hard to keep from feeling overwhelmed. We look with envy at the happy and carefree squirrels we pass on our brief walks from class to the library. Or better yet, why not become trees and leave our consciousnesses behind altogether?

Luckily, there are also a lot of activities going on that provide perfect opportunities to unwind. Colby’s acapella group performed on Thursday night at the art museum, giving an absolutely stellar performance that I wanted to continue indefinitely. Friday night, Colby hosted an acapella group from Boston University that was also very good. Apparently acapella groups travel around from college to college just like sports teams do. Our all-male acapella group, the Colby 8, introduced them with a short number. They danced to “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, and it basically made my life.

I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard as when I came to Colby, but I also don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun. Like the weather outside that pivots routinely from freezing to warm, our lives operate in the extremes. We work hard, we play hard, and then just as we’re almost  completely drained, the semester ends, giving us time to recharge before another chapter in our exhilarating and exhausting Colby lives.

About Catherine

Hi. My name is Catherine and I'm a sophomore English major, currently enjoying my first year at Colby. I was born and raised in Berwick, Maine, an exotic little town near the New Hampshire border. I am involved in Let's Get Ready, which provides free SAT prep for local high school students, and Inklings Magazine, which is a literary journal here at Colby. Like all English majors, I enjoy reading and writing, and Virginia Woolf. A hobby more specific to myself is that every Christmas I spend far too much time making elaborate snowflakes. It is a very seasonal form of artistic expression, but it is also, unfortunately, the only one in which I have any talent. Thanks for reading.
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Robots!

Powder and Wig, the student run theater group, is a wonderful club at Colby made up of a lot of wonderful people. My first experience with Powder and Wig this year was back in September when I was in the One Week Musical. For the One Week, we auditioned on the first day of classes and rehearsed for exactly one week before performing a full length musical (this year it was Kiss Me, Kate). It was a bit hectic, busy, and stressful, filled with many very late-night rehearsals, but more importantly than that, it was probably the best experience that I possibly could have had to start my life as a Colby student. I made so many new friends right off the bat and I instantly felt part of a community, only a week into school. This is the type of community that Powder and Wig cultivates. They are welcoming and inclusive. Put simply, they are awesome.

So, onto my second experience with Powder and Wig. One day in late September, I made a last minute decision to audition for Powder and Wig’s fall season. I had no idea what exactly I was signing up for, but by the end of the night I had been cast in the play R.U.R., or Rossum’s Universal Robots, directed by Tommy Kienzle ’16. For the next several weeks, we would gather in the AMS basement as a cast to rehearse. Now, the process of learning and working on the show was fun, but the best part of being in R.U.R. was spending time with such a goofy, dysfunctional, and sometimes unproductive cast. Rehearsals were always filled with lots of jokes, laughing, (and Tommy saying over and over, “okay guys, let’s actually try to focus”) and of course, passionate creations of our own R.U.R. fanfiction. We created complicated backstories for each character, giving explanations for how they ultimately ended up working for the Rossum’s Universal Company. We actually ended up typing up a lot of the “fanfiction” and creating a museum for audience members to look around in before the show started.

I played Fabry, one of the managers of the company. I felt very nerdy and scientific saying my lines about the electrical installation and reconstructing the human machine to create robots and wearing my lab coat and glasses.

All of the managers got badges to wear on our lab coats with funny titles. I was given the title of “cuteness expert.”

Here’s me and Rachel, another freshman in the show. The backstory that we made up for our characters was that we were roommates at MIT and tied for valedictorian at graduation before starting work manufacturing robots at R.U.R. #supernerds

Rachel’s badge said “Juice Box Technician” because her character was constantly drinking juice boxes on stage.

Anddddd, here’s a little snippet of the show… The two main characters, Harry Domin (Jordan Lorenz, ’15) and Helena Glory (Kathy Lipshultz, ’16), discussing the history of robots.

Overall, the show was a great success and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it. And, if anyone reading this happens to be on Mayflower Hill for the day, you have one more chance to see our show, tonight at 7:30 in Page! <3

 

About Katie

I’m Katie and I’m from the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I'm a freshman, I live in Foss, and I love Colby! I am currently considering double majoring in Spanish and education. Some of my favorite things include: acting, singing, playing the piano, writing, fuzzy socks, chai lattes, lying in the grass, Broadway show tunes, Jane Austen, hedgehogs, TedTalks, baby animals, Gilmore Girls reruns, blue Freeze Pops, the ocean, and hugs. I’m so excited to continue my adventures here at Colby and share them with you all.
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The Last Dash

Imagine you are in a marathon. You see the black and white checkered flag signifying the end, the golden line that you have been headed for. However, those last couple of meters until you reach the finish line are rough. As we reach the final days before Thanksgiving break, you can see the fluctuating levels of motivation. Everyone is just ready to be home nomming on some turkey and mashed potatoes but schoolwork is preventing them from reaching it. And so you have to push through these last couple of classes and people either give up and let everything slide, getting by on the bare minimum amount of work, or they work their butts off until they cross the finish line. This is where I am.

You can see the toll this week has put on me  just by looking at my face. The combination of computer science projects, international relations papers, and history readings have left their mark. The bags under my eyes are dark and deep. The eyes have grown red from staring at a computer screen for too long. The hands are weak from all of the scribbling they’ve had to endure. But the end is near and within sight! I just need to make it past Monday and Tuesday and I am home free!! :D

In the last dash to the finish line, you look back at what you’ve accomplished, but you also look forward to the great things that are ahead. Coinciding with the nearing end of the semester is my birthday. Today I turned 20….. :O I know crazy! Two whole decades, phew! Made it through! In the last couple of hours as I was 19, I remembered all of the amazing things that I have done and how so much has changed. But I am determined to look forward and buckle down on work and try to be more attentive. Attentive to how I am feeling each day to ensure that this is the path I want to be on. Attentive to all of the opportunities out there that I don’t want to let pass by. Attentive to sustain and foster the connections I have with friends everywhere! And I know we can make it through. It may seem hard now, but we can do this!

As you can see from the images above, I have the best friends in the world!

 

 

 

About Anh Uong

My name is Anh (yes it is very hard to pronounce). I am now a sophomore in AMS (sweetest dorm on campus) still ready to take on the world. Traveling from the far reaches of Massachusetts, I have really enjoyed Maine and the beautiful landscape that accompanies it. I am interested in everything from math to writing, which makes selecting a major difficult, but that's why I am here at a liberal arts college. Recently I have decided on majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies. Around campus, I can be spotted with a ukulele, a stack of notebooks, and a smile.
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23 days to go~~~Hong Kong!!!

The closing of spring selection course and Jan Plan course indicates that this semester is going to end very soon. Even though I feel like I have come to Colby for more than half a year, I still can’t believe I’m done with one semester!! And there are 7 more to go~~~

Not that I don’t like Colby, but I really do miss home. I miss my friends, I miss asian food, I miss the busy streets and shopping malls in Hong Kong. I literally have a list of food and places that I want to eat and go when I go back to Hong Kong. As many of you might not know, there was a huge protest in Hong Kong since August. People are fighting for a real universal suffrage, in which the candidates should not be filtered by the Beijing Government. The tension between Government and citizens in Hong Kong is unprecedentedly high.

I wonder how Hong Kong looks like now, I wonder how Hong Kong has changed in these 3 months. I wonder if I still keep the same feeling towards my hometown when I go back.

Here are some photos of my beautiful city: HONG KONG.

Some information:

The size of Hong Kong is 426 square miles while the size of Maine is 35385 square miles. However, the population is 7.188 million in Hong Kong while the population in Maine is 1.3258 million. Such a contrast!! Maine is around 8 times bigger than Hong Kong, but the population size is 5 times smaller than Hong Kong. Ohh, my city~~ so populated.

But I still miss Hong Kong.

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Hooray

One of my goals this week has been to not get sick. It always seems that right before vacation, everyone gets sick all at once. We need the break to get away from everyone else’s germs and to recharge. I really don’t want to jinx myself by writing this here, but so far I have succeeded in my goal and I am more or less healthy. While I’m looking forward to going home for Thanksgiving, it’s been a fun (and busy) week.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am currently in a play with Powder and Wig called R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), and tonight is our first performance! We’ve spent the past few days working on tech and putting the final touches on the show, and while it’s been a bit stressful with some late night rehearsals, the show has come together very nicely and I am excited to share it with an audience. I will blog more about my experience this semester with Powder and Wig on Saturday once we have performed the show a few times.

In addition to my classes and extracurriculars this semester, I am taking voice lessons with Nic Dosman. Growing up, I took voice lessons for several years so it has been a great experience for me to be able to keep on taking lessons in college. All semester, we have been preparing music for me to sing in the recital on December 2nd. I feel that my voice has truly improved a lot in just 3 months working with Nic, and I would definitely recommend that other students take advantage of music lessons at Colby. I always find my lessons to be very fun, practicing how to perform both with strong vocal technique as well as an emotional presence and expression to entertain the audience. Bixler is one of my favorite places to go, because when I go there, it either means that I’m going to my voice lesson, going to practice piano or going to do homework in the library. True, the last one doesn’t sound very exciting, but they do have very comfy couches.

As this week comes to an end, I am relieved that my workload and hectic schedule are slowly winding down. It’s really hard to believe that my first semester of college is already almost over. Today is the last day to register for spring classes. It’s unreal. Anyway, hooray for the first semester! Hooray for Thanksgiving! Hooray for R.U.R.! Hooray now sounds like such a weird word to me. Hm. Now, here are some photos because photos are fun!

This is Page, where we will be performing the play tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night.

Gotta love it when Bobs has butternut squash in the salad bar.

Colby at dusk with a dusting of snow :)

Have a beautiful Thursday everyone!

 

About Katie

I’m Katie and I’m from the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I'm a freshman, I live in Foss, and I love Colby! I am currently considering double majoring in Spanish and education. Some of my favorite things include: acting, singing, playing the piano, writing, fuzzy socks, chai lattes, lying in the grass, Broadway show tunes, Jane Austen, hedgehogs, TedTalks, baby animals, Gilmore Girls reruns, blue Freeze Pops, the ocean, and hugs. I’m so excited to continue my adventures here at Colby and share them with you all.
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Disconnect to Reconnect

Today is a momentous day. Not only has it snowed 3 times and then miraculously become sunny (which I’m not complaining about because I CAN wait for winter), but today is Reconnect Day. Presented by the Student Health on Campus (SHOC), this day is meant to encourage anyone in the Colby community to disconnect from their phones for 12 hours. From 9am-9pm, you are devoid from virtually connecting with anyone or checking social media. This forces people to have face-to-face contact and take time out of their busy days to just ponder, engage in conversation, or just enjoy the moment.

I completely agree with the goals of this event, however, sadly I did not participate. Although I don’t think I am dependent on my phone, I do enjoy being connected to people that I can’t see right away. This can include friends who are at home, studying in across the country at different universities, or even friends who are on campus but are out and about doing their own thing. Cellphones allow us to have instant contact with another person, which is extremely helpful when deciding when and where to eat lunch. However, cellphones create a cold kind of contact. It’s not the same talking to someone in person as it is via text, but this is becoming the new norm.

It’s important to take a step back and look up. Everyone is always on their phone, even when there are people right there that they can talk to. At meals you see people cruising the web. Waiting in lines or on the bus or subway, people check Facebook or Instagram. Walking from point A to point B somehow also involves texting. And through it all, everyone is looking down. Looking towards their screens and missing out on the world around them. A world where the sky dances with colors and birds sing and crazy squirrels grow fat as winter approaches. A world of people to meet. People miss out on these opportunities by being on their phone all the time.

I feel like whenever people feel bored or awkward they look at their phone. It becomes a subconscious habit, where people check their phone even if there are no new flashing notifications. This is detrimental to the bonds we form with others and the modes of communication. Why don’t people just talk to each other? Is it so hard? We are losing conversational skills by relying on our phones as an escape route. If it’s awkward then embrace it or think up new things to say. Even when people are alone they feel the need to be on their phone, but are your thoughts not enough? I think taking a day to unplug is a good reminder to move away from cellular connections and to embrace the open world.

About Anh Uong

My name is Anh (yes it is very hard to pronounce). I am now a sophomore in AMS (sweetest dorm on campus) still ready to take on the world. Traveling from the far reaches of Massachusetts, I have really enjoyed Maine and the beautiful landscape that accompanies it. I am interested in everything from math to writing, which makes selecting a major difficult, but that's why I am here at a liberal arts college. Recently I have decided on majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies. Around campus, I can be spotted with a ukulele, a stack of notebooks, and a smile.
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Routine

My routine seems to be falling apart. I used to be able to go to the gym at 7 in the morning over the summer. Now I’m lucky if I can make it to my 9am on time.

I managed to wake up at 7am in high school for an hour commute to school, so why can’t I do that now? Looks like being a morning person is far from being transitive. The number one killer though, is naps. I had never taken naps in high school, but in college after my 4pm lab ended, I ended up snoozing… until dinner.

Yes, yes I know I should change my habits. I’ve begun making the new transition by setting literally 5 alarms every morning so I don’t miss class.Forming a new routine isn’t always this easy folks >.<.

My schedule on a weekly basis is seldom the same. One week I might be going out to eat with friends the other scrambling to write my blogs in a timely manner (which I really haven’t been on top of…Shh don’t tell my boss). My treks to the gym are still lacking on account that I can’t find a reliable gym partner.

My late nights aren’t helping the problem either. I end up chilling with my dorm mates until 2am on weekdays because I can. Strict guidance is something I didn’t think I’d miss, but I’m starting to see the advantages of having a mom around to enforce curfews. Loitering around my room having talks ranging from the latest gossip to philosophical questions that haven’t been answered in thousands of years are fun, but I’m trying to refrain from these temptations

Slowly but surely I’m constructing my new routine.

P.S. Make sure you set your alarm to go off on all weekdays and not on just one day. You’ll miss fewer classes that way. Don’t question why I know this.

About Tanvir

I am a first year student interested in the biological sciences. In addition to being a blogger, I am a research assistant in the biology department and a writer for the Colby Echo. In my free time I play table tennis and billiards. As someone born and raised in New York City, Colby College is a change of pace that I look forward to experience these next four years. My long term goals include completing a novel, becoming a physician and being a professor. My goals may be lofty but your moral support will help me reach them. So, Thanks for reading.
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Meeting an Icon

Last week I had the pleasure of being in the same as His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama (HHDL). Thanks to the efforts of Kurt Nelson (Dean of Religious Life) and Colby College, I was flown out to attend the talk at Princeton University.

My being in the same room as the Dalai Lama in itself was a transformative experience. In a room with thousands anticipation grew into a clamor, however when he entered all went quiet. A pin dropping could be heard. His presence was that awe-inspiring. As he put on his Princeton cap (a tradition for all institutions he attends) the talk entitled, “Develop the Heart” began.

His modesty was immediately evident, you could tell that he truly didn’t feel superioir or unique as he encompassed the “oneness” of humanity. He spoke of how regretful he was that he did not study the teachings of Buddhism earlier. Despite all his notable achievements (i.e. Nobel Prize laureate), he felt as tough he had not done enough in his life.

By far the most memorable moment, was the response given when HHDL was asked, “What is the key to happiness?” to which he responded, “Money…or sex”. The laughter that ensued was welcome to lighten the serious subject matter.

The Dalai Lama was not what I envisioned him to be, he was better. I had expected a more stern unapproachable figure. However, he came across more as that funny uncle you met at a family barbecue.

If you want to learn more about this subject matter I’ll be talking about it at Multi-Faith Council in the Chapel this Wednesday.  Feel free to swing by and join the conversation.

About Tanvir

I am a first year student interested in the biological sciences. In addition to being a blogger, I am a research assistant in the biology department and a writer for the Colby Echo. In my free time I play table tennis and billiards. As someone born and raised in New York City, Colby College is a change of pace that I look forward to experience these next four years. My long term goals include completing a novel, becoming a physician and being a professor. My goals may be lofty but your moral support will help me reach them. So, Thanks for reading.
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This Week in… Sports?

I’m not a sports person. I did one season of track in eighth grade, and that concludes my participation in athletic activities. I’ve never been a spectator either. Before this weekend, I could count on one hand the number of athletic events to which I’d been dragged. And yet what did I do this Saturday but attend not one but two sporting events of my own volition? Such are the choices I make when I realize the company of my friends far offsets the tedium of spectator sports. I don’t know if they realize what a big compliment this is.

Women’s basketball had their first game of the season last Saturday. We played UMass-Boston and beat them something like 79-74. My good friend Lauren is on the team, and what I do know is she killed it. She was flying out there on the court, making passes and guarding girls like there was no tomorrow. (I don’t know what I’m saying.) My friends and I were on the sidelines, cheering her name with our adorable homemade signs. It was very exciting, but I lack the vocabulary to explain why. Something about fouls and penalty shots. Who knows.

Then that night there was a hockey game. My friend Anoush is a huge hockey fan and spent several minutes giving an animated play-by-play of the chaos occurring on the rink. Eventually she saw that I wasn’t getting it. She has terrible vision and refuses to wear glasses, but even still her comprehension was light years beyond my own. I confess I skipped out early on this match. No offense to you, Colby hockey players; it’s just not my cup of tea.

About Catherine

Hi. My name is Catherine and I'm a sophomore English major, currently enjoying my first year at Colby. I was born and raised in Berwick, Maine, an exotic little town near the New Hampshire border. I am involved in Let's Get Ready, which provides free SAT prep for local high school students, and Inklings Magazine, which is a literary journal here at Colby. Like all English majors, I enjoy reading and writing, and Virginia Woolf. A hobby more specific to myself is that every Christmas I spend far too much time making elaborate snowflakes. It is a very seasonal form of artistic expression, but it is also, unfortunately, the only one in which I have any talent. Thanks for reading.
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The most emotional weekend I’ve ever had in Colby

This weekend was insane. I cannot find one single emotion to conclude how I felt this weekend. On Friday, it was my 20th birthday. It was also my good friend, Josua’s birthday. We booked a room, Bullock in Dana Dining Hall for celebrating our birthday. We ordered food from Mirukuya, a Japanese restaurant that Colby students always go to, and we also had food from Dana Hall. Friends from my Dorm, Leonard came to celebrate with me as well. I feel so loved and I received a lot of gifts from my friends from Hong Kong and Colby.

On the same day, I heard from my closest friend in Colby, Seoyoung Park, that she is going back to Korea to continue her study there. You can read it from my previous blog about Quebec City that she is my best friend here. I feel very happy for her but at the same time I really cannot imagine my life here in Colby without her. Though we don’t have any classes together, we live in Leonard, we work together in Post Office, we always have lunch and dinner together and we always spend our free time together. It is impossible to have a friend who sticks with you all the time. In some day, some time, we have to say Goodbye. I guess this is one of the lessons I learn here in Colby College.

Carry on, work hard, and succeed. I am sure our friendship will not stop there, hopefully she will come and visit me in Hong Kong during Christmas!!

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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