10th week and Spring Break on the horizon!

by Clare Lauer on March 12, 2015

Good evening everyone!

I’m checking in with you all on a Wednesday evening in the middle of 10th week, our last week of Winter term classes here at Lawrence. Although classes are winding down, end-of-the term papers and projects are due this week! So, life has been busy, that’s for sure, but Wisconsin has given us an glorious surprise. The temperature during the day has been in the 50s so far this week! Maybe for some of you, this doesn’t sound that warm, but in comparison to the chilliness we’ve been experiencing… it almost feels like summer!

Before I leave for Spring Break, one of the papers I need to write might potentially be the basis for my Senior Capstone. What’s a senior capstone you may ask? It’s a project that every senior at Lawrence has to complete that’s within their major. However, there’s a lot of creativity that can be applied to the project. Also, if you decide to double major, you can potentially combine both majors into one Senior capstone project. So, now that you have more background, I’ll let you know that I’m hoping my capstone for my psychology major can be about self-objectification theory in samples of adolescent girls. If for some reason, (perhaps you have an interest in psychology) you’d like to read more about this theory, here’s a link to the original publication. Also, don’t feel like you need to read that article. If you don’t have an interest in this specific theory, it can definitely been a little bit of a struggle to sit through.

Another element of the term winding down, is looking forward to the next one! Spring Term is actually my favorite term at Lawrence. As the campus starts warming up, students spend more and more time outside. Impromptu pick-up games of ultimate frisbee and studying on the large grassy lawns on campus significantly increase. There are also some fun events to look forward to such as LUaroo (a campus concert weekend), Greek Week, and Relay for Life. I’m excited to keep you guys updated on everything that’s ahead!

But before I get too ahead of myself, I should focus on what’s happening NEXT WEEK: Spring Break! After working hard for a ten-week term, I enjoy nothing more than being able to go home for a vacation. Since I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan (a 7 hour drive from Appleton), going home on the weekends isn’t really a possibility. Therefore, it’s only over breaks that I can see my parents and neighbors, and most importantly my dog. If any of you have dogs, you know what I’m talking about when I say one of the hardest parts of being away from home for any length of time is not seeing your dog. But thankfully, that will all be over soon!

I hope you guys are enjoying this time of year, and that your classes and extracurriculars are interesting and exciting!

I’ll leave you all with a song I’ve listened to several times today as I was writing my geology paper, and a picture of puppies. Because, who doesn’t love puppies?!

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Visiting Time!

by Daniel Bernstein on March 9, 2015

Greetings! It’s the eve of tenth week, which is the last full week of the term, and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost spring break! It’s actually really starting to feel like spring; this weekend was very warm, the snow is melting, and it’s so nice to be able to go outside without a heavy coat and all that winter gear! With the weather getting nicer, more and more prospective students are visiting campus, and on many days, the campus is abuzz with prospective students and their families exploring Lawrence! Seeing so many visitors always reminds me of the two times that I visited Lawrence, and what amazing days they both were. The first time I visited Lawrence was during the summer before my junior year of high school (almost four years ago!). My dad and I had planned a late summer trip to Chicago, and as we were finalizing the trip, it occurred to me that Lawrence (already my dream school) was not too far away! We jumped onto the Lawrence admissions visit page and saw that the second summer visit day was happening right after we were going to be in Chicago! We extended our trip, and after having a few nice days in bustling Chicago, we drove up to beautiful Wisconsin to visit Lawrence—and my life was forever changed! I was able to do so much more than I could have done by simply reading the website and brochures; I got to actually meet students, get a feel of the campus, see what living in a residence hall would be like, and, most importantly, taste the food. I knew that I loved Lawrence on paper, but now I also knew that I really loved being at Lawrence and could see myself living a very happy life here.

The second time I visited was two years ago, during February of my senior year of high school. Lawrence was my second stop on a long string of college visits and auditions, but once I got to Lawrence, I really didn’t want to leave! In the morning, I had an audition with the clarinet professor, David Bell, and it was the most wonderful audition experience I had out of all my audition visits! Professor Bell took time to talk to me and treated the audition like a lesson—which is commonly how auditions operate at Lawrence—and my entire meeting with him was almost an hour and a half! After that audition/lesson/meeting, I really felt like I understood Professor Bell’s teaching style and gained a really thorough understanding of what my life as a clarinet student would be like at Lawrence. Later, I attended a psychology class, sat in on the symphonic band and orchestra rehearsals, and throughout the day, I mingled with the members of the clarinet studio, who invited me to join them for their clarinet studio dinner! That day was really a full immersion experience, and although I was really sad to have to leave Appleton for the next stop on the college audition tour, I knew that I could make a very accurate and well-informed decision about attending Lawrence if I were accepted, because my two visits had given me the real experience of life at Lawrence—and it is a life that I am still so happy I chose!

My visits to Lawrence and lots of other schools really helped me figure out what I was looking for in a college and what kind of environment I wanted, and even though positive reactions to colleges campuses and environments are fantastic, it’s also incredibly valuable to have negative reactions too! Visiting a college and being disappointed can be sad at first, but it’s actually such an exciting and helpful part of your college search process–because you can narrow and update your search and focus on other schools that might be a better fit for you! The more schools you visit, the more you’ll understand what you’re really looking for in a college, and it’s truly an amazing feeling to figure that out.

 

Here’s a picture of me on my second Lawrence visit–February 2013. Looking back, visiting Lawrence during winter was pretty important for me because, as a Californian, I had never experienced falling snow!

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Near the bitter end

March 3, 2015

Bonsoir mes amis! Good evening everyone! It’s a cold, Thursday evening here in Appleton, and I am checking in with you guys as I’m also listening to some George Ezra softly on my computer. The time is dwindling away in this winter term. In fact, there’s only about three weeks left! Unfortunately, I tend to become […]

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Winter Term Reading Period

February 26, 2015

This term, I spent my first entire reading period on campus.  This is my third year here, but, somehow, I managed to make it until a few days ago without spending a midterm reading period on campus! At first, I was sad because some of my favorite people were leaving for the four-day break–but it […]

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Reading period, opera, and more!

February 23, 2015

Hi everyone! So much has happened in the past two weeks, but I’ll make sure to cover the highlights! Reading period, our extended weekend after midterms, was a relaxing and well-needed break, and it was wonderful to be able to rejuvenate and catch up on everything. On Friday night of reading period, my friend Linnea […]

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