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Students Perform W&L Professor’s Play Off-Off-Broadway

18 Oct

Over Reading Days, I travelled to New York City to perform in Naturalized Woman, a play about a Romanian refugee woman getting naturalized in America. Professor Domnica Radulescu, French professor and head of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies department, wrote the play based on her own escape from Ceaucescu’s dictatorship. Her play was one of twenty selected from 240 submissions to show at the Thespis Theater Festival at the off-off-Broadway Cabrini Theater. I played “Nina,” whom Professor Radulescu based on herself, and it was an incredible acting experience to work so closely with the playwright and learn about her fascinating life. Our three performances were well-received, and we had lots of New York-area W&L alums in the audience. The New York alum association hosted us at post-show cast party. My favorite part of the trip was our visit to a theater class at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. The class, comprised of recent immigrants and first generation Americans, had read  and strongly identified with Nina’s journey. They were very excited to ask us questions and see us perform scenes. It was a privilege to perform for such an enthusiastic audience.

Buckling Down

15 Oct

Fall foliage in full force

After a restful Reading Days, the undergraduate students are back on campus and gearing up for midterms. It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through October and halfway through the fall semester. Itensity is picking up, whether that be in our coursework or seniors’ preparations for “life after W&L.” Several of my friends have been preparing for medical school and Teach For America interviews, while others await LSAT scores in order to complete their law school applications. But these preparations don’t just apply to seniors. I’ve already heard of sophomores and juniors applying for Spring Term courses and summer internships, so it seems that plenty of people are trying to balance their focus on midterms and future adventures right now. Thankfully, we have Lexington’s foliage to help us take a deep breath, put everything in perspective, and appreciate the beauty of fall in Virginia!

Reading Days

17 Oct

Fall Reading Days is a great break from classes whether you stay on campus or go elsewhere. Last year, I stayed in Lexington and had a great time just relaxing and hanging out with friends. We went out to eat, shopped around town, went hiking, and caught up on much needed rest. This year, I stayed Wednesday night in Lexington and got to enjoy a fun time with friends. On Thursday, I flew home to Memphis to spend some time with my family, and on Friday, I headed down to Ole Miss to catch up with some friends from high school. I stayed for the game the next day, and although Alabama won, it was a beautiful day and a great chance to visit with old friends and family. While Lexington is about an eleven hour drive to home, Reading Days gives you the opportunity to go back home before Parent’s Weekend and Thanksgiving. Of course I loved catching up with friends and family, but by the time Sunday rolled around, I couldn’t wait to get back to my friends at W&L!

Reading Days in Louisville

17 Oct

Reading Days is an absolutely wonderful break in the middle of our October classes. Last Thursday I packed up my schoolwork and drove to Louisville, KY to visit family and stay at one of my roommate’s houses! We went to Huber’s Farm in Indiana, and considering I haven’t frolicked in a pumpkin patch since I was five, it was a total breath of fresh air. Once back at my roommate’s, we carved pumpkins– see my silhouette of Bert from Sesame Street below! (Wasn’t supposed to be a silhouette– just had some issues correctly carving!). Anyway, Reading Days is one of my favorite times of year at W&L– a perfect amount of time to chill, be with loved ones, and have fun, while also catching up on sleep and schoolwork!

Back to Basics

18 Oct

This past weekend was Reading Days, or Fall Break.  We didn’t have classes last Thursday or Friday so students could study for the midterms and just generally catch up on work.  Many students use Reading Days as an opportunity to get out of Lex for a few days, some even go home if they live close enough.

I went home, this weekend and let me tell you, it was EXACTLY what I needed.  I was able to catch up on sleep, spend time with my family, and even see some of my friends from high school.  But by the time Sunday rolled around, I was ready to be back here again.  On the drive back down I-64, the fall colors were so beautiful, it reminded me how lucky I am to live in such a picturesque area of the country.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of fall term has in store!


13 Oct

I felt like I was a grade school child during the last ten minutes of class. Welcome to the start of the first break of the year, Reading Days! Officially this four day weekend is supposed to be for students to study for upcoming midterms. Since most professors have exams beforehand, the next four days have become a time to travel, return home, or simply relax in beautiful Lexington. It’s going to be a great weekend 🙂