Reflections on Four Years at Goucher College: Academics

"Students read in the stacks of the library in Goucher College's Athenaeum Monday, October 12, 2009."

This will be my final “Reflections on Four Years at Goucher College” post. I’ll stop boring you. 

This photograph represents the countless hours and, particularly throughout my Junior and Senior year, regular all-nighters spent working in the library. It started with the Julia Rogers library and the infamous “Walk of Shame” – the long walk across campus at 3:30 in the morning in the cold winter rain after finalizing a twenty-page paper.

Halfway through the four years, the library moved to the Athenaeum, a much more convenient location. The workload increased however, and surviving on Snickers bars and Fritos from the vending machines in Julia Rogers changed to surviving on Caprese baguettes and Iced Athenaeum’s from Alice’s Restaraunt. 

Those nights, and the lack of sleep in general, are elements of College that I won’t miss, but hard work pays off. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in my Communications and Media Studies major and a minor in Spanish Language. I’m also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma academic and athletic honor societies. And, this year, I wrote a 76-page Senior honors thesis titled, “Sex, Censorship, and Student Journalism: What Two Newspaper Columns Reveal About the Student Press.”

What I will miss are the conversations and discussions that took place in classes, and I’m thankful to the professors who sparked my interest in so many different areas of study. It was always a joy listening to lectures about the changing landscape of journalism or the role of robots in science fiction films. 

Finally, Goucher is unique in that professors become mentors and then subsequently become friends. I doubt there’s many other places where your Research Methods professor beats you 7-0 in basketball or your Spanish professor asks you to play tennis or your Communications professor buys you Chinese food. In my opinion, the prospect of forming these types of relationships is among the finest that Goucher has to offer. 

Spring at Goucher: When will it be here?

"Raindrops cover a window overlooking the back of Welsh Hall at Goucher College Tuesday, April 5, 2011."

I woke up at 5 A.M. this morning to the sound of rain and wind slamming against my window. So, for some reason I felt like taking this photograph later on in the day.

It’s nothing special, but I haven’t been able to shoot much else over the past week. I’ve been focusing all of my time on my Senior thesis, tennis, and plans for life after Goucher.

I wish that the Spring weather would finally get here for good. It would make all those endeavors a lot more pleasant. Plus, I’m sick of aimlessly posting about rain.

Goucher College Dance: ‘Looked at but Not Seen’

“Georgia Speier ’11 performs during a dress rehearsal of Ashley Evans’ Senior Dance Concert ‘Looked at but Not Seen’ in the Todd Dance Studio at Goucher College Thursday, March 31, 2011.”

"Courtney Colarik '11 performs during a dress rehearsal of Senior Ashley Evans' Senior Dance Concert, 'Looked at but Not Seen,' Thursday, March 31, 2011."

Before last night, I hadn’t shot any dance in a few months. I was quickly reminded of how much I genuinely enjoy shooting dance performances like these, though. I’ve shot countless performances at Goucher, and the choreography and displays of light and color have consistently made for good pictures.

Looked at but Not Seen‘ was one of the best I’ve seen in that regard. I don’t know anything about dance, but visually, it was pretty stunning.

Chaotic moments with dancers and objects going in every direction were balanced by lonesome, quiet, and intimate ones.

I think these two photographs show that duality.

Grinding towards graduation.

 

"A dog stands at the ready before chasing a ball on Kappa Field at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida Sunday, March 13, 2011."

I’m glad to be back on the blog after a brief hiatus during an otherwise extremely productive Spring Break. I did get to spend a weekend relaxing and playing tennis in Florida. This photograph is obviously nothing special, but I decided to post it so that I have a record of the trip.

Besides those two lazy days, though, I took advantage of the time off to continue working on the various projects and commitments I’m involved in this semester.

Today marks the beginning of a final push towards graduation from Goucher College in approximately eight weeks. The Q, the courts, the classroom, the Senior Thesis, and the planning for life after Goucher are all in full swing (awful pun intended).

There’s no doubt it’s going to be a grind, but I’m focused and I’ll do my best to enjoy every second of it.

Issue 10 – The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College

 

"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 10 - March 4, 2011 - Front Page"

Another two weeks, another complete issue of The Quindecim in the books. Layout went extremely quickly this time around. It’s a good lesson on the importance of deadlines. Everything came in early, so we were able to finish a whole day earlier.

I’ve also made it to the interviewing phase of my Senior Honors Thesis project about cases of censorship among student newspapers on College and University campuses, so I’ve had the chance to speak with some other current and former student editors. I’ve enjoyed speaking with them because it’s so easy to relate through the experience of working on a student newspaper.

It’s comforting to know that the good student journalists go through the same struggles and run into the same problems that we do, yet through it all still wouldn’t trade in the work that they do for anything.

Love for the paper is too strong.