On Tuesday, writer/speaker Lisa Birnbach visited Bryn Mawr to talk to students about Bryn Mawr and women’s colleges in today’s society. She is on a journey to 9 women’s colleges along the East Coast researching and interviewing students for an upcoming article for Vanity Fair.
Yesterday, I had to commute into University City for my 9AM Nutrition class at Penn. My commute, which usually takes about 50 minutes one way, took 1 hour and 45 minutes. I know I’m not the only one experiencing travel delays. Here’s to all the people making the trek outside in the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas, the people shoveling to clear the train tracks and roads, and those of you who may have been smarter to stay home.
New classes, fresh classmates, the R100, two dance ensemble auditions, a canceled culture show, and a winter snow storm later, I have finally finished my first week of classes at Bryn Mawr!
I am taking 4 classes this semester: Advanced Electronics Lab, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Three Faces of Chinese Power: Money, Might, and Minds, Might, and Fundamentals of Technical Theater. In addition, I successfully auditioned into the Hip-Hop and Jazz Ensembles.
This semester is one of many firsts. This is the first time I am taking a Penn class, my first time taking an 8 hour a week lab class, my first time taking a 300 level humanities class, my first time taking an Art/Theater class, and my first time attempting to dance in more than 1 dance ensemble at a time.
The homework is already piling up… just like the snow right now!!!
Yesterday was the first day of my NURS 065 Fundamentals of Nutrition Class. I am taking this class because it is a prerequisite course for accelerated nursing programs I would like to apply to after Bryn Mawr. The class is also not offered in the Tri-Co, so I am taking it at the University of Pennsylvania.
My winter break readings of choice are Wendy Wasserstein’s plays Uncommon Women and Others, Isn’t It Romantic?, and The Heidi Chronicles. I had heard of the plays through an alum who had posted a quote about Bryn Mawr from Uncommon Women and Others on the Facebook group You Know You Went To Bryn Mawr College When….
Wendy Wasserstein received her B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College in 1971, an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York in 1973, and an M.F.A. in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama in 1976. Uncommon Women and Others was her graduate thesis at Yale. She won the Tony Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play The Heidi Chronicles in 1989. Her plays typically focus on feminism, family relations, and pop culture.
I finished reading Uncommon Women and Others and Isn’t It Romantic? and am starting The Heidi Chronicles. Continue reading
When I experienced my first college winter break, I thought it was too long. Compared to high school where we only had 2 weeks, college break is about a month long. This calls for some serious planning or else my winter break will pass by in a blur.
(Excuse my writing hiatus. Once I turned in my last final, winter break hit me hard.)
HOORAY!!! I survived the fall semester of my junior year! It’s been another busy and academically challenging year, but I’ve learned a lot and made many happy memories.