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April 30, 2010
One of those things...
One of those things that I'm going to miss about Wabash the most is my relationship with my professors. During my four years here, I have developed some close personal relationships. For instance, two nights ago, my French professor from freshmen year invited me to dinner. We went to Lafayette to a French Bistro. We talked about everything from my grad school plans to the current state of Wabash to funny memories at Wabash. Another example is last night. The psychology faculty invited all the seniors out to a beer tasting. We sat around for three hours tasting beer, learning magic tricks, and laughing at funny memories. Even more, I can walk across the mall and have a conversation with almost any professor or faculty member. I really value that. I probably spend more time talking with professors outside of class than I actually do while I'm sitting in class. Even when I'm not in class, I'm learning from them. And they honestly take an active interest in my life.
Thanks to Dr. Horton, Dr. Cook, Dr. Salisbury, Dr. Lake, Dr. Timmerman, Dr. J Abbott, Dr. Bost, Dr. Baer, Dr. Blix, Dr. Hoerl, Dr. Byun, Dr. Stokes, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Brouwer, Dr. Olofson, Dr. Gunther, Dr. Schmitzer-Torbert, Dr. Benedicks, Jim Amidon, Cip Timmons, Howard Hewitt, LaToshia Everson, Laura Frye, Sherry Ross and everyone else I cant remember off the top of my head! Its meant a lot.
Last night was Awards Chapel, and I got 2 honors. The first was the Distinguished Senior in Psychology award. It's given out to only one senior psych major a year. They've given out this award for the past 23 years, and I am the 24th recipient. The award is meant to recognize an outstanding student's accomplishments in scholarship, research, and service. Even more, when Dr. Bost presented the award to me, he said I was the hardest working student he had ever had. What an honor! I felt deeply honored by his kind words; Dr. Bost doesn't say things he doesn't mean. This was really a highlight of my year.
Next, I was elected to join Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society, celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large. This is a huge honor! Phi Beta Kappa has been one of my secret goals since freshmen year. I've always wanted to be a member. I think they only elect people in the top 1/8 of their graduating class. This is so cool.
I'm glad my work paid off.
April 22, 2010
Plans for the Fall
So, I've decided to accept an offer at the University of Houston. I'm going to join their Master's program. Ideally, I would have loved to join a PhD program, but I didn't get admitted this time around. When I got my rejection letters, I was pretty bummed out because I put so much effort into getting into grad school. Now, I'm realizing this Master's program is a good opportunity. I can still re-apply to PhD programs in the fall, and if I don't get in again (heaven forbid), I would be well on my way to getting a Master's degree. Its important to me to get into a PhD program because I want to research. At the Master's level, I feel like my opportunities to research might be limited, but at the PhD level, I would be directly involved in a lab. That's my dream, and I'm not going to give up on it.
This whole grad school ordeal has opened my eyes. Things wont always go to plan. You can prepare and study and submit your applications early, but sometimes thats not enough. Sometimes you just fall short of your goal. But I also believe that these things work out. For those who are talented and motivated, doors open when you least expect them. Things just have a way of falling into place, and it usually works in your favor. So, I didn't get into a PhD program this time. Now I have the opportunity to move to Texas. You never know whats down there... hopefully a future wife.
My Final Chapel
Chapel talk is a Wabash tradition that I hold dear to my heart. Its a time when our community can come together and learn from one another. Each week, we have a Chapel speaker who delivers a talk for about 30 minutes. To speak at Chapel really is an honor. Professors stand before their collegues and students. Sometimes Chapel speakers want reflect about traditions at Wabash; sometimes they want to persuade us to take action; sometimes they want to inform us about new policies; and sometimes they want to chastise us. Sitting in Chapel is always a pleasure for me because I get to listen to our campus's great thinkers share their thoughts and opinions on the state of Wabash College.
Today, Dr. David Blix delivered the Chapel address. Blix is an alum, and he is at Chapel every week supporting this great tradition. This morning, Dr. Blix reflected on memories of his father. Of the Chapel speeches I've heard Blix give before, this one was definitely more personal. Usually, in his very humorous manner, Blix retells stories of the days he was a student at Wabash. However, today he took a different route. He discussed his childhood and his relationship with his father. Today, he painted his own self-portrait for the campus to behold.
Of all the things I do at Wabash, I'm going to miss Chapel so much. I cant believe today was my last one. Chapel hour is sacred to me. I hate to think that I have to give it up and move on from Wabash. However, I'm glad to say that my final Chapel was with Dr. Blix. He always good, and he always leaves me with something to think about.
April 20, 2010
Things to do Before I Graduate
Well, I've already checked off one. I sang in front of a big band on Saturday. Jazz Band had its big performance of the semester, and I got to play the piano and sing Embracable You. The concert seem to go over as a hit, and I got a lot of compliments at the end. That concert is kind of bittersweet for me. I have no idea when I will perform again. I've been perform all my life, and now that I'm almost out of school, I don't know when I'll have the chance to get on the stage again.
Little Five is this weekend and it was also on my bucket list. I'm so excite for that.
Chicago Art Institute
Today, I had an art field trip. We went to Chicago's Art Institute, The museum is awesome. I wasn't expecting their American collection to be so large. I'm taking Renaissance Art right now, and they even a Boticelli (I wonder how they got their hands on it). There was some other Renaissance artists in the museum like Ghirlandio and Vasari. I've read about these guys in class all semester. It was nice to finally see their works with my own eyes.
Although the Renaissance collection is amazing, I would argue that the most impressive is their impressionist collection. There are multiple rooms devoted to only Monet! My art professor told me that the French did not immediately appreciate Monet's artistic vision. But, the Americans did. Americans bought several of pieces, and that's how so many ended up in America. After Monet's death, the French tried to buy back the art works, but the Americans firmly said no. I really liked the Monets. To fully appreciate the beauty, you have to stand back from it. If you are too close to the painting, it just looks a mess.
After the art institute, we ate Girodano's pizza. It is the best deep dish pizza I've ever had. And I even took home a doggy bag. I'm going to have a fantastic snack later tonight.
April 15, 2010
Guess Who, Again?
How cool is this? I'm in the Wabash Magazine! Yep, that's me!
April 13, 2010
How cool is this?
I know the quality of the pdf is poor, but I'm really proud of the flyer! I'm giving a big research talk to the campus on Thursday. I've been doing this research for over a year, and I'm glad I finally get to share it with Wabash.
April 09, 2010
Psychology Research Conference
This weekend, I'm presenting my research at the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. The pscyhology department requires all the seniors to present their senior projects. I'm not too worried because I presented my research last year. I felt that the people at the conference were supportive of all the projects. No one was really trying to challenge your theories. Eveyone offered helpful and useful suggestions.
To be honest, I hate that the conference is this weekend. IFC held the bed races today, and I really wanted to see them. But when I think about, there is not one good weekend in April for me. Next weekend is my jazz concert and Beta formal. The following weekend is Little Five. If I had to miss out on a weekend, I'm glad this is the one.
Even more, all my friends are psych majors. Pledge bros Addrian and Bob are here. Phi Psi buddies Taylor, Tanner, and Matt are here too. I'm sure we'll find something fun to do tonight.
April 07, 2010
Happy Birthday Marty!
This past Saturday, I celebrated Marty Jones, Brad's dad, birthday in downtown Indy. Talk about a fun day. Well, not only because it was his birthday, but the Butler game was coming on later that evening. There was so much Bulldog pride downtown... you wouldn't believe it. We got down there about 2:00 pm, and we decided to go to the Slippery Noodle. The Slippery Noodle is a blues bar, and it happens to be the oldest bar in Indiana. There was a live concert going on all day. I think the name of their band was the Wise Men... ever heard of them?
The only downside to watching the game in the Slippery Noodle is that it was a Michigan State stronghold. There were more Michigan fans than Butler fans in the bar. But by the end of the game, it felt like everyone was a Butler fan. It seemed like everyone was celebrating their victory. And that was just inside the bar! To say that people were being rambunctious would be an understatement. It was absolutely insane downtown when we were walking back to the car.
Once Brad and I dropped his parents off back home, we went to celebrate with the Butler kids in Broadripple. It was a good night.
Wally at the NCAA All-Star Game
This past Friday, I had the honor of being Wally at the NCAA All-Star Game! For the past few years, the NCAA has asked colleges/universities to send their local mascots to the game. This year, mascots from Purdue, Notre Dame, IUPUI, Depauw, Anderson, Wabash, and more all sent their mascots for the game. It was really cool being at Lucus Oil too. I got to use enter through players entrance... Where the Colts enter!
Brad accompanied me through this whole event. Getting into the Wally costume is a two man job. After all the mascots were suited, the NCAA folks asked us to form a tunnel to welcome the players on the court. Once on the players were introduced, all the mascots were introduced too. When it was Wally's time for the spotlight, the announcer screwed up... she said he was from Wabash University! Can you believe that?
After our intros, they asked the mascots to go into the crowds to mingle. I had to have taken a hundred pictures with kids and families during this time. People just love mascots, even people who have never heard of Wabash. Every time I turned around, someone wanted a picture with Wally. The little kids even wanted his autograph... and let me tell you, Wally does not have good handwriting.
At half time, some mascots were selecting to participate in a dance off. Only the Div 1 schools got to compete. It seems that people are more likely to dance with mascots that they recognize. After the dance contest, I got out of the suit and sat court side to watch the remainder of the game. It was pretty cool. To be honest, the players weren't playing much defense; so, the final score was like 100-104.
April 01, 2010
Three Six Concert
As I said before, I was a little worried about this particular concert. But, I just want to let you know, that I was pleasantly surprised by the show. Being from Memphis, I've grown up watching Three-Six perform. This show was different from the ones I've seen. First, they came out on stage on time. I gotta give them some credit for that. They're notorious for showing up late. Second, they tend to debut "new" music alot when they perform. Last Saturday, they performed a string of hit songs. People might complain that they only performed the chorus and first verse, but I would argue that those are the most familiar parts of the song and the parts of the song in which the audience will be able to sing along. Finally, I thought they interacted with the audience well. They brought like 20 people on stage; so from the very beginning, they established a good rapport with the audience.
Before the show, I also heard that Three-Six met up with several students. They sat down and watched the Butler and Kansas St game with them. I haven't heard of previous national acts doing that. I'm not saying this was my favorite national act, but it definitely wasn't the worst (Lifehouse).