…open the door. I have been trying a lot of new things lately, and I can’t help but think that a lot of this has to do with the fact that I am in Maine and at Colby.
This weekend, for instance, I explored Portland for the first time. A friend and I purposefully visited the city without an agenda, and we both left having experienced multiple new things. I tried various kinds of sushi after having never eaten sushi before in my lifetime, for example, and had two kinds of crepes (I ate both a dinner and desert crepe at a French restaurant) that I had never tried before this instance. I had such a great time on this weekend excursion that I plan to go again in two weeks. If you decide to come to Colby, I definitely recommend adding weekend trips to Portland to your bucket list!
Another new thing that attending Colby is giving me the opportunity to do is to share my academic research. Presenting research publically is generally much more uncommon among undergraduates in the humanities than in it the sciences; therefore, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to present two English papers this Friday at the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium organizers invite all Colby students to submit proposals for posters or presentations related to academic projects that they’ve completed over the course of the current academic year. I have chosen to present a paper from my Victorian literature class, as well as a paper from my course on American Realism and Naturalism course. I think that the Symposium will be a great career building event, and while I am a little nervous because I am new to these kinds of professional presentations, I am very excited for the opportunity to share my work with the Colby community.