See Ya Next Year, Lawrence!

by Olivia Bell on June 9, 2016

As I write this between lots of 10th/finals week confusion and craziness, papers, math, lots of study guides and PACKING, it is a nice study break to reflect on the last few weeks of my sophomore year because it has seemed like a blur.

A few weekends ago we got to have our sorority’s formal! It was outside of one of our residence halls, Kohler, and we were out on the grass under a big tent with lights and great music. The scenery was beautiful, the bushes around us were all in bloom and fallen petals covered the ground. It was a beautiful location, but we had quite the mishap—a power outage!! Thankfully, campus security came to the rescue and turned it back on for us so we could get back to the dancing; it was such a fun night to get all dressed up and eat free toppers pizza (yum). Lots of fun events like these take place at Lawrence and it is a great way to spend a weekend night.

The following weekend was LU AROOOO! This long-awaited festival is arguably the most fun weekend of the year, where tons of Lawrentians fill the quad in front of a big stage to listen to great music and relax with friends before 10th week and finals. The weather looked like it was going be stormy (after a week of sunshine and beautiful weather — thanks Wisconsin) but it ended up being warm and dry enough to keep most of the performances outside. Sadly for me, the long nights of writing papers caught up to me and I woke up with a cold the day the festival started!! I was still able to make the best of it and the headliner, The Tallest Man on Earth, was AMAZING! It was so cool to have someone so well-known come to Lawrence, someone I had been listening to for years. But the great thing about LU Aroo was that it introduced me to some new bands that I had never heard of before, and it allowed for many bands formed on campus to show their talents as well. All and all, it was such a fun weekend to hang out with friends and listen to great music!

10th week was stressful to say the least, but the many beautiful places to study have made it much better. Lawrence offers all kinds of places to study with friends or just by yourself. Every term I find a new place to study; you don’t always have to go to the library to do work, though it does help you to be super productive. I had to turn in lots of essays and homework last week so I decided to take a little trip off campus with a friend to Milwaukee! It is very accessible for Lawrentians to get to Milwaukee; it is around a two hour drive, maybe even less, and it is a great city to visit and explore! We walked around the downtown and went to a great restaurant overlooking the city called Wolf Peach. I highly encourage any Lawrentian to visit Milwaukee if they never have. There is also a bus that goes to a station in Milwaukee, so you don’t need a car to get there.

I leave Lawrence in just a few days to head back home to Maine for the summer. I will definitely miss Appleton and all my friends. Sophomore year has been great, but it is always nice to be done with school work and be back home for a while. I will miss Lawrence but I can’t wait to return to campus next year to make many more fantastic memories!

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It’s the End of the World

by Kieran Laursen on June 7, 2016

Finals week is finally here. I’m excited more than anything else. I’ve finished my paper finals and my project finals, having only one genuine exam left. It’s definitely been hard and a lot of work, but so much fun at the same time. I would be lying if I were to say that I won’t miss having school and going to class despite all of the work I have to do. It is so much fun even with the stress: learning new things, meeting new people, what have you.

So far one of the hardest things this week has been balancing studying with seeing all your friends before they leave. People have started leaving already and if you haven’t made plans to see them over the summer, this new family of yours will be gone all summer. It generally inspires a certain need and want to say goodbye to them and give them a hug. But guess what? You still have a final left to study for. So then comes the choice: hang out with people, or study. Well the right answer is probably a little bit of both, but it’s pretty hard to be able to figure out how much of either is the right amount. You don’t want to abandon your friends, especially the seniors that you may not see for a long time, but obviously you are also here for school and want to pass. It’s a difficult choice but I think that I have balanced it well.

I have made a lot of friendships here already that will last a lifetime and I can’t wait to find more relationships like that in the future. My brother is graduating so I am staying here at Lawrence between finals and graduation. It will be so strange having the dorms empty and seeing fewer around campus except for seniors and anyone doing summer research. On the bright side, I will get to see the seniors walk and hang out with them for a little bit before finals. Also, I will get to see my brother before he moves out to go start his own life. It’s kind of crazy to think that I will be where he is in just 3 years from now.

After an entire year here, I couldn’t imagine myself at any other place. The people I have met, the classes I have taken, and just the general feel is perfect for me. I’m looking forward to next year when we get to start playing tennis again as a team and adopting new freshmen into our family like they did for me. I hope I can live up to how high these guys set the bar. Yeah, sure, I’ll miss everyone over the summer, but I’m already elated to hear what they will have done and about all of the research they’ve been doing (One of my best friends is working on plasma physics research this summer on one of the only machines in the world that does what it specifically does. I’m curious to see what they find). I can’t wait.

Florida                                                    Cereal Party

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May 31, 2016

That was probably the cheesiest title I could come up with, but beautiful spring deserves such cliches. While walking across the bridge that overlooks the Fox River, one of my close friends looked at me and said “Wow, spring at Lawrence is almost good enough to make you forget about winter at Lawrence.” As I […]

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Summer Research

May 30, 2016

While most students will be doing their very best to get as far away from campus as possible once finals are done, there are a good handful of us who have the pleasure of sticking around.  Why?  Summer research, of course! This summer will be my second spent on campus doing independent research under the guidance of faculty members.  Last year I joined […]

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

May 24, 2016

In the wise words of Mugatu, Lawrence is so hot right now. Following typical Midwestern fashion, the season of summer has assaulted us with a distinct lack of middle ground when it comes to temperature. We went from chilling winds to steamy summer heat in a few days. I hope it has come to stay […]

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