Holy moly! I can’t believe graduation weekend is finally here! There is a whole list of adjectives that I am feeling in equal measure right now so I don’t even know how to describe it. I think the most accurate thing I can say is that I have a lot of feelings about it. Good feelings, bad feelings, scared feelings… All the feelings!
I’m excited, nervous, terrified, ecstatic, relieved, and, most notably, I am unbelievably grateful. Scripps College has been so good to me and has taught me so much about the world and about myself. It has both nurtured me and challenged me, and really has become my home. So while I am ready to move on and embrace the next adventure, I can’t help but look back on the past four years and feel a little sad to leave. All. The. Feelings.
Now it’s time to celebrate! (Before the panic sets in…)
So I have officially been inducted into what is probably the least secret “secret society” to exist in the United States. Although in their defense, I had never heard of it until I got my invitation… So maybe they’re doing a better job than I thought? My mom was very excited though, so I think it might be a big deal.
Anyway, this is the first of the official graduation ceremonies so it marks the beginning of the end. By the 17th I will officially be a college graduate!
I am so excited for reunion weekend and I’m not even an alumna yet! Scripps College is a magical wonderful place and I love seeing all the past students rolling through and reminiscing. I work in fundraising and alumnae relations and often get to talk with Scripps women over the phone, but talking to them in person is so much better. It’s fun and festive and gets me totally jazzed to graduate. Plus, I have a couple of friends coming to visit that I haven’t seen since they graduated last spring. There are a couple of Reunion Weekend events which are open to the senior class (for networking and what not) and so the alumnae relations office had me whip up an invite for the Senior class. It gave me a nice chance to flex my photoshop muscles. So here it is!
I just got back to California after an incredible vacation with some of my all-time favorite people. We explored the city, tanned on the beach, drank margaritas, sang karaoke, and did a whole lot of absolutely nothing. (Just what I needed!) We stayed at the Torres Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico which was absolutely gorgeous and has some of the nicest staff ever. Plus the whole trip cost way less than I would have expected so I’m not even going to have to starve myself trying to pay for it. Go pesos! Some highlights were touring the old town neighborhoods and shopping in the public market.
Now I am back in Claremont refreshed and ready to get back to work. (So much to do!) But I wanted to take a minute to share some photos and document this incredible adventure.
I am so ready for spring! I can’t wait for all of the flowers to be in bloom, for picnics on the lawn, weekend trips to the beach, and longer sunnier days. It’s time. Hurry up, spring.
Full disclosure, I already live in Southern California so any winter I have had to endure is basically a joke. But I’m still itching for the new season. There is a rose garden right outside my window and right now they are all little brown stumps in the ground. I keep glancing outside each morning, half expecting the roses to just pop up overnight. But apparently that’s not how it works. Patience has never really been my thing.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to keep my room extra bright and cheerful to make up for the gloom outside and lately that has involved collecting anything green that I can get my hands on. Anything is better than having all of these empty vases scattered around, reminding me that the roses aren’t ready yet. (I probably own six vases. Too many for one dorm room for sure.)
I kind of like the look of these leaves in my oversized vase and have been having fun getting creative. I also hung some sprigs of lavender up to dry on my walls and even assembled a tiny arrangement of wildflowers in a blue shot glass.
I guess I’ll just have to wait for the roses like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean my vases have to sit empty. I think this is a happy compromise.
(PS: I just downloaded the VSCO app for editing photos on my phone and it’s a total game changer. Upping my Instagram game, for sure. Follow me at @hairflipmeghan)
This past Friday I had the opportunity to attend Claremont McKenna College’s 6th Annual Women and Leadership Conference. It was an awesome day full of great food and even better conversations. I met so many talented and inspiring women who are following their dreams and making waves in the arts and entertainment industries. They were all so sweet and eager to share their wisdom. The whole afternoon was full of warm fuzzy feelings.
Our MC for the event was Azure Antoinette, an incredibly talented and successful poet with whom I am absolutely obsessed. Her work is powerful and her attitude is flawless. She made everyone laugh with stories from her childhood and imparted some important advice about sustaining your passions. Check out her website and PLEASE DEFINITELY check out some of her poetry and public speaking. This woman is a powerhouse.
Today I went to a career fair which was crazy and confusing and also really fun! These types of networking events have never really been my thing. I much prefer a nice informal cocktail hour. Maybe with a cheese plate and some Merlot? But that was not the event being offered this weekend, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and brave the sweaty gym full of company recruiters and desperate job seekers.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad! I actually talked to a bunch of friendly people about their work and learned a lot of interesting stuff. I made some new Linkedin connections, discovered some awesome openings in digital marketing, and got a whole bunch of free stuff. Seriously, I am set on t-shirts and pens for the next year. Another huge plus was that this event gave me an opportunity to hand out my new business cards, which I am super excited about. They came in the mail earlier this week and I think they’re gorgeous.
I talked to some neat companies. Yelp and Dropbox were definite highlights. I also have a friend who is a recent grad and now does recruiting for Medallia. She showed me their Book of Mormon-inspired recruiting video and it’s AWESOME. Is a musical theatre background required for most recruiting jobs?? There seems to be a disproportionate amount of vocal talent featured in this video… Check it out
Anyway, it was a fun adventure and much more productive than I thought it would be. Although I could definitely go for that glass of Merlot… Happy Friday!
Life is most fun when you are doing things you love and trying things that scare you. This spring I am attempting to fill my time with all of the things that keep me happy and inspired, only taking on new projects that I feel truly passionate about. Obviously we all have to do things we don’t want to do which is a huge part of being a student and human being. I totally get that. But it is so easy to get stuck doing things you used to enjoy without fully realizing that they just aren’t doing it for you anymore. I’ve been returning to some of my past passions and trying out a lot of new ones and it’s keeping me super busy! Here are a couple things I’ve been working on
1. I got the official go-ahead on the Media Production Independent Study I’ve been planning which means that I am finally able to get started! I am reading this awesome book on Appropriation Art and am getting super pumped for my first project. I am exploring exploitation in appropriation through four hands-on production projects and I think it’s going to be really cool. (More on this later…)
2. I’ve also been going to a bunch of lectures and speaker series offered on campus. I always hear about the incredible people coming to speak but it is all-too-rare for me to make it to the events themselves. This is one of my huge goals the semester and so far it’s been pretty inspiring. Just yesterday I heard a talk from the brilliant Peggy Phelan on digital self-portraits and earlier in the week the Guerrilla Girls gave a lecture on their particular brand of art activism. So cool!
3. I’ve been trying to get as much Vitamin D as possible. I love the Southern California weather and am making pool time a priority. It does wonders for my mental health and is an excellent indulgence.
4. Our local chapter of I AM THAT GIRL had our first event last week and it was a raging success. It was a TEDx style student speaker series where students shared what they are passionate about and answered the question “Where Do We Go From Here?” I was filming the event which was a fun challenge and offered a unique perspective. We had a packed house and were even featured in The Scripps Voice.
5. I’m redecorating my room a little bit which has been fun. I have way too much wall space in this tiny room and finding creative ways to break up the space has been a neat little side project. I’m not sure I’ll ever actually be done tweaking things and moving things around…
6. IT IS OFFICIALLY 100 DAYS UNTILL GRADUATION! I am a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee at Scripps and have been working hard to make this event happen. It was a little bit of a frustrating process but I am relieved to say that everything came together and we all had a lot of fun. Let the countdown begin…
I just stumbled into the Ruth Chandler Williamson Art Gallery after class yesterday to discover that the new ceramics exhibition is finished and open to the public! I’ve been so crazy busy lately that I completely missed the opening reception (apparently it happened last weekend?) and was delighted to discover one of the most whimsical ceramics show I’ve ever seen. Scripps is well known for its Ceramics Annual and this is the 71st, guest curated by Julia Haft-Candell. I immediately got caught up in the beautiful colors, shapes and textures and was almost late to work because of it. (Oops.)
I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with the art as I would have liked but fully intend to go back in the coming weeks for closer inspection. Here are a couple of pictures from my initial walk-around. I’ll probably post more later as I predict several new “Artist Obsession” posts in my future…
The last few weeks of my semester have been crazy. I’ve been non stop go-go-go-ing and fighting hard to keep up with all of my work and all of my finals. I am proud to say that I have survived and have officially made it to winter break. But, before I fly home and leave California behind, I wanted to take a moment to think about how lucky I am to be learning and growing every day. I feel so unbelievably privileged to be studying what I love and working on projects that I care about. I feel like I am contributing something important, and that knowledge has been an incredible motivator. So before I go on vacation, here’s a little list of things to look forward to next semester:
- My Art History thesis! I wrote the first of three chapters this semester and it has gotten me so excited about writing the rest. I am looking at the re-photography of Richard Prince and using Lacan’s and Zizek’s theories to explore how the male gaze functions in his work. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Prince’s appropriation techniques, but was shocked by how few critics were addressing this issue of possessing women’s bodies. (So please bear with me if these posts discuss Prince a disproportionate amount. It’s basically on my brain constantly. I’m sorry and you’re welcome.)
- I have a new job next semester doing community outreach and content creation for The Campaign For Scripps College. I am obsessed with my school so having the opportunity to help further its development is a complete dream come true. We are entering phase two of the campaign, which means a bigger push on social media and more consistent updates on the microsite. I will be helping to devise and then implement an effective strategy for this. My goal is to make all of our community as thrilled and excited as I am about Scripps’ future. This is the most ambitious campaign in the history of the school and I am so jazzed to be a part of it!
- I AM THAT GIRL stuff has been heating up this semester and we have a couple of incredible videos planned for the Spring. Who knew when we started this chapter a couple months ago, how successful it would be?! Love these girls and this organization!
- This is not set in stone yet, but I may be doing a kick ass independent study next semester. If all goes according to plan, I will be making art and organizing an exhibition in The Motley next semester. Keep it on the DL for now, but hopefully there will be much more about this later. Fingers crossed!
- Last but not least, I have another new job next semester as a research assistant to Professor Mark Andrejevic. He taught my Media and Surveillance class this semester and is a complete genius. I am so excited to learn more from him and to further explore a really important aspect of digital media studies. Online privacy and data collection is a very real but rarely discussed part of using the internet. Most users don’t seem to understand or care how their personal information is being used. I am super proud to be working on a research project which explores these issues.
Lots of fun stuff in store for 2015! But first, it’s time for a much needed vacation!
Seattle, here I come!
(Image from the Scripps College photo archives)