It’s Coming Again… Beware!
It’s been a while since I have blogged! It’s been almost a month, but I think I should give you guys updates on what I’ve been up to lately. I’ve been a little busy to say the least. The week before, I had just finished data collection on my neuroscience study. What I thought would end up only taking around three hours a day ended up averaging around 5 hours and some change for about two weeks straight! It was kind of a gruesome experience. Additionally, I just finished up filming my film project, which is now in the editing room, even as I write. It will also kind of be a busy few days for all of us as midterms and the threat of more snow loom in the horizon!
But to add a little bit of joy to the week, I did have the opportunity to see Wabash’s Macbeth on Friday! It was really good, and the performances and choreographed fight scenes convinced me, even in the Shakespearean voice. I would recommend it, but the last day was yesterday so if you hadn’t seen it by then you missed out.
Anyways, I hope this week brings everyone good favor and that everyone find something to light the way in these mounting stresses before the big break!
It’s that point in the semester to start buckling down again. Amidst the ice and the flurry of snow, one must put those boots on and grind out the Wabash schedule. My last semester here has been no easy road, unfortunately.
To give you an update on my two projects, I am just now starting my decision-making study for my psychology capstone project. We had some difficulties getting all the supplies we needed, but we now seem to be on track. I did my first day of testing, however, and I have hit a few road bumps in terms of length of time of the actual performance of the study, which is quite longer than I expected. Instead of running the task for three hours in a day, it just got bumped up a few more hours, which is kind of beyond my threshold. Hopefully a better strategy will put the time back down.
Speaking about my film project, things are going well. I am almost done with pre-planning the film. Right now I am in the process of finding a location, but things are looking good so far. I just have to find an apartment to set all my stuff! Let’s just say it’s been a little busy!
Hopefully everyone is getting back into the swing of things. The swim team is going to NCAC conference for their final meet of the regular season this week (leaving Wednesday), and it looks like we will be getting some fast times this year. I am pretty excited to see how my buddies do! Good luck swim team!
The Aftermath of Last Night’s Snow Bath
Between snow raining down from the sky in Crawfordsville for the past some odd weeks and Georgia turning into the real-life Walking Dead, as cars have been abandoned in the streets of Atlanta, it makes makes you wonder when this snow madness will end! I, for one, used to pretty much love seeing the snow, but now I can see the extent of its damage on the people’s daily lives. If only this was happening during the break!
Meanwhile, I’ve been starting up on my film project and neuroscience project for the semester. The film project is going along just swimmingly, with actor preparation and the first script reading out of the way, I feel like things are going in a positive direction. For my decision-making neuroscience project, I have been set back a little bit just because we ran out of a certain pellet to give my rats during the maze trials. However, barring any other setbacks, I should be done on time!
Because it’s so cold outside, I’m not sure how much moving around people will be making for Super Bowl weekend. At our house, it will probably be a pretty relaxed day. It will be some good time off from studies and homework, that’s for sure!
I think that as a final semester senior, it’s easy to get reflective and sentimental about the past years at Wabash. But there is still one more semester to go! I thought it would be a huge relief to be in the homestretch. There is a ton of work to be done, though.
In Other News, It’s Still Snowing. Found a Deer Track Outside Our House, Which Is Kind of Cool
It has only been one week into classes, and the semester is already a little crazy, in terms of class time and amount of work. I have a couple of projects that are all beginning at the same time. This semester I am finishing up my capstone film project, which I will begin filming in a few weeks. I also am running a rat study over the next three weeks, involving hormone manipulation of females during a decision-making maze paradigm. In addition to chemistry, a writing course (which is a great review), and a classics course, my work is cut out for me right now. All I can do is just take it in stride.
Another Winter Snow Alert for Monday. Be Prepared!
It’s been fun getting the two projects set up so far. For the film project, I have had a lot of luck getting into contact with various faculty; and early this week, I should be showing my script to a couple of interested actors, which is really awesome. For my rat study, I just finished setting up my manipulations for the maze. Also, Andrew Fulton and I are finishing up the actual building of the maze, which was made from scratch the old-fashioned way – wood, nail, and hammer. So, right now, you could say things are a little busy, but they are a pretty exciting way to start off my final semester! WAF!
Joel Paquin Walking Through the Winter Wonderland that Is Wabash College
I remember my first day of Freshman year like it was yesterday. On Wednesday morning, I finished my oral comprehensive exam (the final comp) with Dr. Aubele-Futch, Dr. Abbott, and Dr. Ison, and reflecting on it, it’s weird to think that the sum of my college learning gets put into 3 days of work.I mean, it’s truly crazy that it feels like four years flew by in just a blink. One thing is for sure… I am proud of every one of us who made it through to our senior years at this school. It’s been an incredible journey!
Matt Schramm and Dan McCormick Getting Their Ping Pong On
After comps were over, the guys on the swim team (who are here training for break) and I decided to use a little bit of our down time to play some ping pong over at Cole Hall. To be truly honest… It gets really intense when we play. After each point or victory, primal screams can be heard resonating throughout the halls of Cole. I mean, it is the perfect time to do just that, as no one is at school yet. Dan McCormick, Matt Schramm, Anthony Repay, and I have some insanely topsy-turvy play, and it’s all in good fun.
Tomorrow is the start of my last semester here at Wabash. I am going to top off the last semester with an English writing course, a classics course on food in the ancient world, some more chemistry, and my capstone projects for psychology and film. It’s time to begin!
The whole country, especially Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, are experiencing some insanely cold temperatures, reaching below 0 degrees Fahrenheit! One thing is for sure, as cold as it is in my hometown-of-no-snow in Georgia, it is nowhere near as frigid as it is in Crawfordsville right now. Seriously, -11 degrees! I never want to experience that ever. I do find it funny that many of the Georgia schools are closing down tomorrow due to the frigid weather (even though there is snow to be seen here). I’ve seen a lot of videos on Facebook and Youtube of northerners turning boiling water into ice droplets in the air, which is pretty cool! Here are a few links to those.
I have to head into the ice storm pretty soon, though, as comprehensive exams start up for every senior’s last semester. “Comps,” as we call them hear at Wabash, is basically a review of our years at Wabash, primarily in our major. We will have written comprehensive exams, which deal with aspects of our major, and then we will have oral comprehensive exams, which will highlight our Wabash experience as a whole. As foreboding as it seems for underclassmen and seniors alike, I think there is something to be said about getting the opportunity to show mastery in your major. I don’t think many schools do this, and if you do well, I suspect it looks good on resumes, other future endeavors, and it wraps up our Wabash experience in a nice little bow. I feel that as a psychology major, I am one of the lucky students, as the exams don’t actually start for me until next week. However, I will probably be heading up this Wednesday to get a head start on some studying and some review sessions.
I want to wish all my seniors good luck on comps. And maybe we will make it out of this polar ice cap winter! Wabash Always Fights!
It is really never easy to blog during finals week, and now that the semester is over, there is only so much to talk about. After an exam and three empirical papers, I had to get back home to Georgia as quickly as possible and enjoy some relaxation with the family. For a majority of Wabash men, this was an extremely late semester. There were only five days before Christmas, and some guys were still at school!
Like I have said many times before, it really is great to be back in the old GA. Coming back home brings back many neat Christmas traditions. On Saturday, the family created our annual Christmas cookies from scratch. My brothers, Ben and Scott, and I just layer on as much frosting as we can on each cookie. The Christmas cookie tradition is just one of the many traditions we have during the holidays.
I hope all the Wabash guys enjoy their time off. It is definitely needed! May you all continue with your family Christmas traditions!
I hope the Snow Doesn’t Melt so Quickly
Winter finally feels like it has come upon us as the snow has begun to fall at and around Wabash College. Many people do not like the snow up here because it nuisance to drive in. For me, it’s refreshing, and it makes the school look less drab during some of the difficult work weeks. It’s also something I usually do not get the pleasure to see in Georgia. So I want to enjoy it while I can!
I want to congratulate the swim team for their hard work this weekend by coming in 3rd at the Calvin Invitational, beating out Kalamazoo College. That’s quite a feat, and that only means good things to come during conference and possibly beyond!
For those thinking this is going to be Dead Week, it’s a myth! Just prepare to do work like any other week, because you will only have one week for finals afterward. Good luck everyone! Wabash Always Fights!
Ben Looking off in the distance at the Georgia Sunset
First off, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Despite being home for the holidays, I still have my share of busy workloads. I have been getting in some applications to various graduate schools for neuroscience these past few weekends. Right now, I am putting the finishing touches on the applications before I send them off. I am really hoping for the best!
I was thinking of heading back to Wabash on Saturday, but I can’t miss the Georgia/Georgia Tech game in a rivalry we call “Clean Ole Fashioned Hate.” We all know UGA is going to win even without Murray, but it should be a good show nevertheless. When I get back, I hope we all get recharged enough to get the semester finished! Wabash Always Fights!
The last Monon Bell week of my career has finally come to a close. Besides my freshman year, in which Wabash came in against an undefeated DePauw team, there has been little drama around which team would keep the Bell. As expected, Wabash beat DePauw by a landslide, marking five straight years with the Monon Bell. It cannot get much better than that!
Thanksgiving Break is looming around the corner, and while I am excited to get back home, there is so much work that I have to get done here! Projects and papers are starting to creep up on me much more quickly than I imagined. It’s hard to believe that the semester is actually almost over. I’m glad we got to enjoy the victory, but now it is time to get to work again. Wabash Always Fights!