Sunday, December 16, 2012

Spanish and French- a very bilingual major

     Hi everyone, not sure if I've ever really pointed this out, but I'm a Spanish and French double major.  It can prove a difficulty at times, but most of all it is very rewarding. 

Logistics: the major requirements are the same

One must take:

- fourth semester of the language
- Advanced conversation (or studying abroad)
- Advanced Grammar and Composition
- Literary studies
- 18 credits of upper level courses
- Senior Seminar

I have always found that it is helpful to know a second language, and in the job world sometimes it is essential.  I definitely recommend studying languages at SMC, some of my favorite professors have been my Spanish and French Professors!

Well, Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Decorating for the holidays

Wooo the Holiday Season is upon us!  Let's see how one can decorate in the dorms/ houses...although now it is a little too late to start thinking about this if you are leaving to go home before friday. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

African Drumming

Two weekends ago, the African Drumming classes performed at the Champlain Valley International Festival.  My roommates Sam and Taylor and I went to see our other 2 roommates Caitlin and Allyson perform.  They were fantastic! 

Semester Recap!

     I hate to say this semester has been my most difficult yet, but it just seems that college keeps getting harder! Except they say that that's what you're supposed to expect! Since it is the end of the semester, let's look back at what I've taken and how far we've all come!

This semester I took
     Spanish Theater (in spanish)
     French grammar and composition (in french)
     the Victorian Novel
     Christians and Muslims

     These courses definitely piled on the work and were extremely challenging, but I really enjoyed them all!  Spanish was a course dedicated to reading plays such as Bodas de Sangre, la Vida es Sueno, and Tres Sombreros de Copa.  It was a lot of reading, translating, and acting too!  French was a class filled with writing short essays, correcting them, and then correcting them again.  Not fun, but very helpful.  Victorian Novel was dedicated to reading the classics, but proved to definitely be more reading than I expected, just about 300 pages a week! We read:

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Adam Bede,
the Turn of the Screw
Heart of Darkness
David Copperfield
Jude the Obscure

      Many novels, and tons of reading! But I loved it all, and I was even in class with some of my friends.  Christians and Muslims was another interesting course that opened my eyes to the Islamic faith and history as well (and with Prof Saint-Laurent one of my favorite professors!)

     Besides classes, I had the great fortune of living in a townhouse and making new friends with my new roommates and classmates.  These girls became my constant company and we loved to hangout with each other! 

     This semester we celebrated birthdays, had family dinners, watched movies, danced around, and lived the lives of crazy college students.  I could not have asked for a better set of roommates and I definitely do not want to leave!  I also made new friends this semester, (sadly not many pictures with new friends, but you must trust me, they exist!): 

     I am so looking forward to spending a semester in Spain, exploring the country and perfecting my spanish!  I will miss my friends, old and new, but I will make more in Spain.  I wish you, reader, a fantastic next semester, whether you are in college or high school or not, and always take time to make new friends where ever you go! 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What have I been up to?

     Well it has been a long month full of exams and just general chaos, but I've loved every minute of it. Let's see where to begin:

The International Festival: this year was a fantastic one, so many fantastic performances and I got a video of the Celtic Knights performing!

The Career Symposium:  my first time going and it was an amazing experience.  The first speaker was nothing short of inspirational.  Then we got to pick 2 different panels to go to, I picked Non Profit and Governmental agencies and listen to alumni speak about their experiences in regards to job hunting etc. 

Halloween:  such a fun Halloween this year!  Spent it with my very best of friends and had a great time dancing the night away!

Homemade Pizza. Why not?

Holiday Party: WAHOO! Thank you salvation army!

Miss St. Patrick's Day and me as the Winter Spirit!

Thanksgiving Dinner: 

This is what I made: mashed potatoes with peas and scallions! Yum!!

     Well, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the break


Monday, October 29, 2012

It's that time again... for the International Festival


     I hope you're looking forward to the International Festival... I know I am! 

Just remember:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hiking Mt. Philo

Mt. Philo is an awesome mountain located real close to campus.  I think it's off of exit 13 and a bit of a drive but definitely check on that.  The hike is not too difficult and my friends and I had a ton of fun running and singing and generally acting like fools while hiking to the top.  The top has a spectacular view and here are some pictures to entice you:

my roomies and friends

my 4 fantastic roomies and me!

not quite at the top...

nope not yet...

oh yeah, this is the top!

Look at that!!!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Our Front Porch

    One could say that college students are just big kids- and that's true in many respects.  This Saturday was absolutely beautiful, so we took advantage of the fantastic weather to hang out on our porch:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Junior in the 400s

     I'm taking a quick homework break to blog about the 400 Townhouses!  I am a lucky junior living here with 3 other seniors and another junior.  We are all great friends and I am really going to miss these girls when I am abroad next semester.  Like all the other townhouses we have a common room, a kitchen, but unlike the other townhouses we have 2 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms.  The 3s, 2s, 1s, and 4s all have different qualities and reasons why they might be perfect for you.  Here are some pictures of what our living space looks like pre-move-in and post-move-in!