I know it might be hard for you to believe this, but I am a postgrad. I’ve been one for a week and a half now, and I’ve been back in Seattle for a week. So, now I am on the job hunt, which means spending lots of time online, sifting through the best opportunities I can find and making sure my resume and LinkedIn profile are spiffy. I’m looking forward to seeing what this great city has to offer! I learned a lot last summer and I’m sure I will again, since I’ll be here for even longer. It’s nice to be a full-on Seattle area resident again, even though I will miss Luther very much. Fortunately, our alumni network is strong – we’ve always got each other’s backs.
Since it’s been awhile since my last update, I’ll note some of my accomplishments this semester. In March, I presented at the Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Savannah, GA, on a paper about Shakespeare’s Hamlet I wrote sophomore year. I saw the a capella group Pentatonix perform at Luther. I went on my last tour with the Symphony Orchestra around Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. In April, I went on tour with Collegiate Chorale, sang in a concert despite a sinus infection, and finished up my senior project! In May, I finished up everything else, which was quite easy, once my last big graduation requirement was out of the way. I presented it at the Student Research Symposium, along with many other students who did projects I think were way more interesting than mine. But I was lucky enough to get two of my fellow English majors to act out a scene from my play, an imagined conversation between Sir Winston Churchill and Laurence Olivier, and I received positive feedback on it. The play ended up being quite fun to write. I read Churchill’s Memoirs of the Second World War as part of my research and quoted from it often. It’s a treat to re-create scenes out of books onto the stage! Overall, I wish I hadn’t saved so much of the project until the end, but I think others can sympathize with me, and I had a lot going on, of course. But I won’t dwell on it. I prefer it that way.
I also concluded my time as a co-chair of Write On!, Luther’s creative writing collective. This semester was particularly fun because I was enrolled in a creative writing class with one of the most enthusiastic professors I’ve ever worked with – and I mean that in the best way! She had great thoughts on writing and life that I found to be healthy and holistic, and I couldn’t help but pass them on to the group. I was thrilled to go to Write On! every week, not because I was so much wiser than the other members, but because I like listening to others so much, as well as contributing to conversations. In my role, I was expected to be a consistent lead contributor and help connect the discussions together. I haven’t talked about this very much in my previous posts, but it was a hugely important part of my year. Without it, I would not have been as motivated to work on my senior project, both the paper and the play. I can’t say enough how much these group members inspired me. Writing has always been what’s tied my life together – I do it every day, even if just a little bit, writing down what I did that day or what I dreamed about the previous night (which has led to stories). Senior year was a lot about digesting the previous three years and trying to figure out what they meant. Without my drive to write, I couldn’t do that.
Of course, this semester wasn’t all work and no play. I continued to experience the world freshly, because I’m never going to be a senior in college again. I’m proud of my time at Luther and love who I met there and befriended. You’re all in my heart! Going to Luther was a choice I made fully on my own, as were many of the things I did there. It was life-affirming. But it is time to resume life as a Seattleite, while bragging about my Midwest pride, rather than the other way around, which is what it was before. 🙂
Soli Deo Gloria,