For the seniors who are (way too) rapidly approaching graduation, reality occasionally hits and crisis undoubtedly ensues. Have I done enough here at Brown??? I thought I was supposed to be smart by now. Where even is Orwig? I think I forgot to change the world. Oh my god have I missed out on ~*the #socollege experience*~?
And by “spring” and “daffodils” we mean “your last semester” and “graduation.”
But all of this panic can be used in a positive way! Most seniors (and college students in general) know that panic is a great source of energy! So let’s shovel some panic into the motivation-fire and get this engine going so we can chug through this bucket list. We at Blog have already created the ultimate Senior bucket list, but it’s now time to take each challenge to the next level.
(*Note: being a senior is not a necessary part of accomplishing these things. You just have to have that ~senior mindset~.)
This is you shoveling panic.
Then + Now
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Instagram; in fact, I basically wrote my senior honors thesis on the topic. I’m incredibly nit-picky about how each photo is composed, filtered, captioned, and what it looks like with the rest of the photos in my account. The beauty of Instagram, and other social media platforms, is that we can edit our own experiences and curate a narrative for our friends and followers.
The camera roll in my iPhone tells another story – more specifically, the story of my college career, from start to finish. These images have documented the various events, friendships, ups, and downs of my life over the past four years. I can usually remember exactly how I was feeling during the moments in which each picture was captured; sometimes, I can even recall specific conversations that took place that day. My photos allow me to evoke highlights and victories, but also low-points and mistakes.
In the last episode of season four of Girls, Hannah Horvath tells an infant: “I can’t guarantee perfection, but I can guarantee intrigue.” (It’s only appropriate that I include a Girls quote, since my first-ever BlogDH post was the inaugural installment of “Lessons in the Girls Lexicon.”)
My college career hasn’t been perfect; I’m not sure that anyone’s is. I was EMS’d during orientation, I’ve had turbulent relationships – both with my friends and boys – and I made the mistake of taking ENGN1010 during second semester of Senior year.
With all of the excitement surround Spring Weekend, it’s easy to forget that pre-registration starts tomorrow! Rising seniors get first dibs on classes next semester starting at 8 a.m. Rising juniors will be able to sign up for classes starting 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15. All other students will have access to registration starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. Registrations will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.
Students in their first, second, or third semester will have to get an Advising Pin in order to smoothly register for classes. Rising junior will also need to declare their concentrations before being able to register.
If a student fails to pre-register, phe will be automatically charged a $15 fee to their student account. So get your carts in order–it’s go time.
By now, you’ve read the beginnings of this semester’s Last Call chains here and here. This year, BlogDailyHerald is adding another chain to the mix (or more than 2 chainz, if you will), featuring seniors from the RISD Class of 2015. Presenting RISD Last Call: making art school a little less confidential, one senior at a time.
Then + Now
People might know me as… The boy who loves and knows way too much about the Kennedy/Onassis family… (and is an owner of 11+ books on the subject…)
In my time at RISD, I am most proud of… The life-long friendships and experiences I have gained. I will miss being surrounded by such driven, ambitious, and talented peers.
On a Friday night, you might find yourself… In the studio or with friends. A bottle of red wine usually makes its way in there.
The best class/professor at RISD is… Image Bank taught by Lisa Young. She’s incredible.
Three things you wish you knew freshman year… The weather sucks for most of the academic year, being challenged is a good thing, and it’s okay to relax.
The Met vs. Portfolio… The Met.
One thing you wish you had done… Taken more classes at Brown.
Who or what are the major influences in your work? I am constantly inspired by nostalgia and history. I also look at street style for ideas. I love seeing the way people carry themselves with how they dress. Old photographs also influence my color palettes. I enjoy mixing modern styling with nostalgic, timeless pieces.
As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.
Then + Now
People might know me as… the girl who always wears black .
In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Being asked to guest lecture in Stephen Kinzer’s class on Iran about my thesis research and the Tehran art scene.
On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Watching Gilmore Girls (no shame) until I am called into action by someone who wants to go out, or convince someone that going out is a good idea.
The best class/professor at Brown is… War, Revolution and Art with Shiva Balaghi. It was just perfectly up my alley and we had lots of “personalities” in that class.
Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
1) There is actually a LOT of amazing food in RI.
2) To buy actual snow boots instead of destroying all my shoes (too late now).
3) Even with an open curriculum, it is really easy to fall into taking the same types of classes all the time (even within a concentration). I sometimes feel that I limited myself; not that the classes I took didn’t interest me, but more so that I didn’t venture out of my comfort zone enough.
By now, you’ve read the first posts of this semester’s Last Call chains here and here. This year, BlogDailyHerald is adding another chain to the mix (or more than 2 chainz, if you will), featuring seniors from the RISD Class of 2015. Presenting RISD Last Call: making art school a little less confidential, one senior at a time.
Then + Now
People might know me as… The girl with curly hair who paints.
In my time at RISD, I am most proud of… The lifelong friendships I’ve made with a handful of incredible people.
On a Friday night, you might find yourself… In the studio painting or just hanging out with friends. Some 90s R&B/Hip Hop usually finds it’s way in there
The best class/professor at RISD is… I’ve had a lot of great teachers, but I’d say I probably gained the most from Craig Taylor’s painting class Junior year.
The Met vs. Portfolio… The Met! Always!