This past weekend was amazing. I was so happy that I was able to see my friends and professors one more time before I head across the pond. Here’s a recap of each day:
Friday: I had several meetings with various professors. I honestly think that I was busier this weekend than any other weekend I have ever been on the hill. I met with Prof. Matlak who directs CISS. As I’m sure that you’ve all figured out by now, I’m really interested in Medieval Studies (how many boring posts have I included shout-outs to St. Augustine and the Beowulf poet?), and I’ve contemplated declaring a minor in Medieval Studies. Unfortunately, Holy Cross doesn’t have a template for said minor. Actually, I’m really happy about that. This way, I can coordinate my own minor to the exact specifications of what I want to study. Anyway, I met with Prof. Matlak, and he advised me to make a double major out of it instead. Low and behold, I was doing some calculations (WHAT?!? Math somehow entered into my life?), and it turns out that I can still graduate on time with a double major in English and Medieval Studies. So, I spent some time in the library and began working on my proposal. At least it will give me something to do before I go abroad! Here’s how a CISS major proposal works: I’m required to select ten classes (14 if it’s a single major) from at least three different disciplines. This is why I’m really excited that there is no set template. I want to focus more on the philosophy, theology, and literature of the Middle Ages than anything else, so my ten courses will revolve around that. I’m also required to defend my class selections, and I also must persuade the CISS board why a Medieval Studies major would contribute to the academic life of Holy Cross. I also have to get two professors to agree to be my advisors. That’s the tricky part. But, it’s really not too much work, and I’ll be able to graduate with a degree in both of my academic loves. I’m so excited! Let’s just hope that my proposal is accepted by the CISS board.
After all of my meetings with professors, Melissa (my fellow blogger) and I decided to go out to dinner. We were going to eat at Uno’s at Blackstone Valley Shops; however, the bus for Providence arrived at the same time, and Melissa and I decided to jump on it. We spent far too much time at Cheesecake Factory and we also ate too much food. However, it was worth it!
Saturday: Well, the Crusaders broke my curse. Our football team won a game at which I was present! Well, I wasn’t exactly present for the entire game, but I was still on campus. I’m so excited that the curse is finally broken. Anyway, I met up with a lot of my friends on campus, and I also saw my good friend Kelsey, who studied at Oxford last year. She gave me some insider tips on how to survive a full year and such. After hearing some of her experiences, I have high expectations for my year abroad!
Also, Ashley family had an emergency on Saturday night. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Sunday: Sunday was my last day on the Holy Cross campus until August 24, 2010. On that day, I will enter into my senior year (hopefully in a senior apartment, but we’ll see). It’s a weird feeling. I’m still a student at Holy Cross, but I’m not at the same time. I mean, an entire year will pass in which everyone at Holy Cross will have grown and learned new information, both in their classes and about themselves; I’ll come back with a full year of amazing experiences, both academic and personal, and yet it’s still the same year. When I was at the 11:30 Mass and I didn’t participate, it kind of hit me. Oh goodness – is this how I’m going to feel right after I graduate? I hope not!
Anyway, I’m now back at home in Georgia. There are monsoons here (literally. My backyard is a lake), and I’m spending my time working on this major proposal and several other documents. My suitcases are sitting on my sister’s bed, and they’re just waiting to be filled. I have eight days left before I begin the adventure of my life. Now that I’ve visited Holy Cross and everyone there, I don’t think I could be more ready.