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Spring, Sprang, Sprung

Spring has arrived here on the Elmhurst College campus! The weather has been pretty erratic, but it’s finally starting to feel like spring. For a while I started to hear the joke that Chicago/the Chicago area is called the Four Seasons, because we experience all four seasons in one day. A couple weeks ago, there was snow, sunshine, and crazy wind, sometimes all in the same day.   I’m grateful it’s spring, because of how beautiful the campus gets when everything starts to bloom. Elmhurst College is a registered arboretum, which means that we have a huge variety of trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants that flourish on our campus. According to the Elmhurst College website, we have our 800 Read More »

Buehler…Buehler…

I’ve been excited to recently start working at Elmhurst College’s A.C. Buehler Library. I was hired as a Reference and Circulation Desk Librarian Student Worker. Although I have just begun my new position, I’d like to pass on some words of advice to help you navigate the library a little easier.   Printers – So, you’re all logged on and you have that important paper to turn in in 15 minutes. You hit print and the next little window after it confirming that you’re printing and you dash over to one of the whirring behemoths to retrieve your work. But nothing is happening. You begin to sweat. “Where is my paper???” you ask yourself frantically. And I have your answer: Read More »

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Future Scene Painter of America

As Spring Term and this chilly month of February starts, I’d like to take a step back and reflect on the recently concluded J-Term. For those who may not know, J-Term is an opportunity to take an intensive course during the month of January, and many courses that are offered during this time are typically not offered during the rest of the year. This post is mainly to slightly brag about how great the class I took was.   I was enrolled in Scene Painting with the tech director/Theatre Dad, Professor Rick Arnold. Although I shivered as I trudged across campus at the ungodly hour of 8:50 AM to arrive at the theatre at 9 AM to begin class, I Read More »

The Great Snowball Fight of 2015

Friday night marked the first snowfall of the year. And did it snow! Behemoth snowflakes suffocated campus in thick packing snow, and sometime around 11:30 PM, I got a text from one of my friends: “Head outside in 3 mins for a lightsaber duel. We at the mall.” Already warm in my bed relaxing after a day at my internship, I grumbled but still climbed out of my toasty cocoon to layer up to see this promised duel. I trudged outside to the center of campus to see utter mayhem: my friends smacking each other with lightsabers, the “Star Wars” theme blaring out of one of my friend’s phones, and snowballs flying in every direction all across the snowy expanse. Read More »

Milling About

As I have mentioned in the past, I have found my “home,” so to speak, at Elmhurst College’s Mill Theatre. I am a student worker at the costume shop and many of my friends are theatre majors. This season has been so much fun so far, let me give you a quick recap:   I had a great time working on the Mill Theatre’s first production of the year: Godspell.  It was a hilarious and fun show with a great cast who sang and danced their hearts out up there on stage. The props, costumes, sound, and the performances and hard work made by all involved resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable show. It included current references that helped make the Read More »

Previously On…

So much has happened in just the past year! During the Spring 2015 term I was lucky enough to study abroad for the whole semester as a part of the Oxford University Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies program run by Middlebury College. I cannot hype this program enough, it was the most challenging yet rewarding semester of my life. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity. Oxford is an amazing place, and I was able to travel a little bit in England and had a foray into Scotland when I wasn’t writing and researching my little heart out. I made some great lifelong friends and learned so much about not only medieval/Renaissance history, but about living abroad, Read More »

Majorly Important

During my first year at Elmhurst, I was staunchly an English major. I did well in my English classes and I’m a pretty big fan of the written word. But this summer I did some soul searching and realized that an English major would not be entirely practical for my career aspirations. DON’T GET ME WRONG, AN ENGLISH MAJOR IS INCREDIBLY USEFUL AND VERSATILE AND YOU STUDY ENGLISH IF THAT IS WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES. This is in all-caps and bolded because it is very important and I would hate to discourage anyone from pursuing a course of study that they are passionate about. I want to be a special collections librarian or an archivist and I realized that a Read More »

That Costume Crew Lyfe

This weekend I helped out one of my closest friends on campus in the costume shop for Mill Theatre’s upcoming musical Dames at Sea. She is an incredibly valuable asset for the costume shop, so naturally she brought me, a goofy world-class friend embarrasser with some hand sewing experience, probably to remind everyone how great she is.   Since I was (surprise) an exceedingly weird kid, I used to sew clothes for my stuffed animals. They were truly ghastly frayed garments that have fortunately been lost to the sands of time. Because, of course, I was forced to teach myself how to sew as to shield my eyes from my companions’ furry nakedness. Nonetheless, I was excited that this skill Read More »

Just a Minor Problem

I began the year adamant that I was going to minor in philosophy. I already had credit from a local community college that I dual enrolled in. I love the subject because I’m a big fan of thinking, I do it almost every day. But my black hole of a heart was aching for history classes.   Disclaimer: I am on track to graduate a year early, so every class counts. I would totally double minor, but that would put me off track. And, let’s be honest, a double minor (or whatever you minor in, actually) doesn’t mean a whole lot in, what I’ve been told is called, the Real World. But I want to spend time studying what I Read More »

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I Heart Chicago

As Buddy the Elf would say, “I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!” But instead of Zooey Deschanel, I’m in love with Chicago. Like I have professed in previous posts, Chicago is my favorite city. I try to explore as much as I can. My internship at the German cultural center’s library allows me to get into the city twice a week. The neighborhood I frequent (or as I like to say half-jokingly, half-dead seriously, my ‘hood), Ravenswood, is the German neighborhood in Chicago. I’m right next to  a great little center called Lincoln Square. It’s filled with restaurants, cute shops, and most importantly, my natural habitat, the German cultural center, the D.A.N.K Haus and its library.   Read More »

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