After a successful shopping week, my schedule has been finalized: Anthropology of Food and Eating at Haverford, and Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Public Opinion and Movements in Social Justice at Bryn Mawr. As a junior having completed almost all of her requirements, the majority of the classes I am taking are for my major. But being a few credits shy of having completed my P. E. requirement, I will most likely be taking intermediate tennis this semester as well.
It’s amazing that I have been at Bryn Mawr for almost three years, and coming back after Winter Break, the school really does feel like home. Below are things I’m looking forward to in the spring of 2013:
The Barnes Foundation
This Saturday my friend Rosie and I will be visiting The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The Barnes Collection is incredible featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso. The collection moved from the Barnes Arboretum in Merion during the summer of 2012 (a highly publicized controversy) to The Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The new gallery is said to preserve the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Merion location, and having gone to the Merion location freshman year, I look forward to comparing the two. Look for a post about my trip to The Barnes Foundation in a few days.
The Women in Public Service Undergraduate Initiative
This semester the Undergraduate Initiative will truly be underway, and I look forward to our club meetings and guest lectures. Maya and I worked hard all fall and winter to plan for this semester and I hope the club embodies everything we envisioned. One of our major guests should be coming in February, but as I am a very superstitious person, I’m not yet prepared to release their name.
This year, Bryn Mawr College will award Patti Smith the Hepburn Medal, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the intelligence, drive and independence of the four-time-Oscar-winning actress. Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist often referred to as the “Godmother of punk.” Having read recently read Just Kids, Smith’s memoir about her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, I am particularly excited for her arrival.
Hell Week is less than two weeks away and in truth, it’s my favorite tradition. The highlight for me last year was when my and Rosie’s four hellies performed the Jingle Bell Rock Dance from Mean Girls at Goodhart Performances. As a junior I look forward to seeing everything the freshman and sophomore classes will do, but I am especially excited to see my best friend from Baton Rouge, Leah, experience the week.
During Spring Break I will be visiting my friend and fellow Mawrter, Eliza in Ireland! Eliza is completing her JYA at Trinity College in Dublin and I cannot wait to see her.