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May 22, 2012

What I Really Learned in College

 
 

So, they handed me my degree last Monday.

Feels good! Feels weird…. Feels exciting.

College, on the whole, was an amazing 4 years for me. Studying history, economics, politics – I learned a lot from some inspiring professors.

But most importantly, I learned a lot from the examples set by those inspiring professors, and by my equally inspiring peers. Examples for being industrious, curious, tenacious.

 

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After graduating, I sat down and tried to think of what I had really loved about college. What made it special, and what I would miss. And I realized this:

The magic of college wasn’t in the classes I took or the places I hung out. For me, the magic was in the people I was surrounded by.

University is a unique scene. An array of people, all brought together from different backgrounds, in different disciplines, with different hopes and aspirations. In one place, you have the scholars, scientists, doctors, artists, and more – before they max out their potential and reach their goals. Here, in college, is where all of our paths cross.

So now our paths are starting to diverge, and that’s a good thing. As I embrace this new beginning, I look back on college as a great experience and opportunity.

I read a lot. I traveled a lot. I learned a lot.

But the best part was always the people.

Professors, classmates, roommates, family, friends, people I knew well, people I wish I knew better —

You guys are phenomenal, and with you, college was awesome.

 
 
With thanks,

Kate

 
 

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February 14, 2012

Be Well in 2012

Hey everybody,

So, I’ve been absent from the blog too much lately. It’s now my last semester of college, and everything seems hectic around here.

There’s lots of fun times and memories at Emory wrapping up, but also lots of exciting things to look forward to after graduation.

road less traveled.

I’m not sure yet what the post-graduation plan is — but not knowing is part of the excitement, right?

For now, I’m enjoying the last of my time at Emory and sticking with some good advice I heard for this year:

 
 

 
 

Be well in 2012. I’m all about it. Not really any specific resolutions, deadlines or goals — just being well. Living well, feeling well, being well.

Who’s with me? : )

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November 30, 2010

Two More Weeks

 

I had a great Thanksgiving break! Lots of food, fun, and family. The only downside? It ended waaay too early. Photos coming soon!

In the meantime, here at Emory, there’s only about two weeks left of school. It’s crunch time: two weeks packed with papers, presentations, reports, and finals! This is the home stretch, or live-in-the-library time.

My last exam is the morning of final move-out day — so, I’ll probably be one of the last people to leave for winter break.

Since I won’t be coming back to this room in the spring, I’ll be moving ALL of my stuff out right after my last exam.

And! My room was stuffed this year, so I’ve got a lot of things to move!  Check out the closet and bureau:

And let’s not even THINK about all the kitchen/bathroom things!

SO! Packing will be a challenge, but the real problem:  WHERE am I going to put it all when I get home?!

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November 11, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday Sightings

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November 9, 2010

Margaret Atwood at Emory

 

Margaret Atwood, author of great books like The Handmaid’s Tale and (personal fave) The Penelopiad, came to speak at Emory as part of our Ellmann Lectures series.

She was a great speaker with a sharp wit and good insights. She cracked a lot of jokes, shared stories of her childhood growing up in Canada, and even sang a song from one of her books!

Atwood was all about the juxtapositions, which I loved. My favorite insight from her was about our human spirit: “We want excitement and adventure. We want safety and security.”

One of her lectures centered on cartography: how every map has an edge, the border between real and unreal. Where the known is finite, but the unknown is infinite. And she poses the question: are ‘utopias’ and ‘dystopias’ a yin and yang? Do each contain parts of the other?

Food for thought.

My favorite part, ‘course, was getting her to sign my book. ;D

 

Atwood: “Here’s my advice to you. Read and read and read and write and write and write.”

October 19, 2010

The Big Draw, Emory Edition

 

Emory participated in the international Big Draw as part of one of our Wonderful Wednesdays – there was impromptu art happening all over campus!

‘Scuse these photos… I only had my phone camera on me, again! (I’ll hopefully definitely get better about charging my camera battery.)

Reams of paper were even stretched over the ground alongside chalk – for everyone to jump in!


I love art, and I loved seeing everyone join in for the fun. : )

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October 6, 2010

Sustainable Food Fair

Each fall, Emory throws a Sustainable Food Fair, featuring tons of locally grown fresh food, restaurants that serve sustainable foods, local sustainable food nonprofits, AND! free samples! There’s always a great turn out, loud music (last year they had banjo players!), and a bunch of cool food to try out or buy.

(‘Scuse these photos – I only had my phone camera on me! Oops!)

The fair promotes all these locally grown, sustainable efforts – but it also aims to inform people about the issue of sustainability. There are info signs around, and the nonprofit representatives are there to answer any questions.

There’s a huge variety of food stands – breads, pie, tea, honey, ice cream, vegetables, pastries, cheeses, yogurt….

And all the vendors are super-passionate about their work and eager to talk to you.

Fresh food, nice people, outdoor music – what’s not to love?

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September 28, 2010

Surrealism + College Night

Last week was surreal.

Or actually… last week was about things that are surreal — surrealism.

Surrealism is all about juxtaposing the expected with the unexpected. Violating your understanding of conventions.

We studied le surréalisme in French class – (like Apollinaire, Queneau, and some Baudelaire).

And! Saturday, the High Museum of Art hosted college night. Emory students, along with people from Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and some other colleges, got to see the current Salvador Dalí exhibit + live music. The place was packed.

I’ve never been a big Dali fan – just can’t get into the melting clocks! But. It does make you think. And it’s a great exhibit.

Besides, who doesn’t want to check out photos of Dalí’s stache?

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September 13, 2010

A Weekend Walk, Part II

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September 12, 2010

A Weekend Walk, Part I

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