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Summer Plans

FullSizeRender (1)This summer I am…drumroll please…STUDYING ABROAD! I’m taking part in Georgia Tech’s Summer Oxford Program. For the first six weeks, we will be traveling all around Europe studying Art History and European Composers. We’re going to visit Paris, Venice, Rome, Florence, Munich, Vienna, Prague, and Bruges, each for about three or four days. We’ll be traveling by plane, train, and…yeah, automobile, I had to say it. There are fifty-five people in my travel group, and we’re all packing into a bus, so we’ll be great friends by the end of the thing. There are three travel groups, and we all travel to different countries for six weeks before meeting back up in Oxford for our second set of classes.

It will be fast, but we are going to be able to see all sorts of museums, culture, shops, foods, landscapes, art, architecture, concerts… It will be an exciting whirlwind of art and audreymusic and history, which I absolutely adore.

For the second six weeks of the twelve week program, we will be taking classes on Oxford University’s campus in Oxford, England. Oxford. (Repeating Oxford like a million times because I still can’t believe it.) We will have Georgia Tech professors teaching us in Westminster College (one of the dozens of colleges). I’m going to be taking Computational Media (CS 1315) and History of Medieval England. Every Georgia Tech student has to take some sort of Computer Science elective, so I get to learn how to code, which is kind of cool! It should be better than calculus, anyway. And I’m really looking forward to learning even more European history in the place that it, ya know, actually happened.

So far, we have had a week of sort-of preparatory classes for Art History and Music, complete with midterms and an impromptu jazz concert by music professors from across Atlanta. We’ve studied the Renaissance, learned about Michelangelo and FullSizeRenderBramante and how much they hated and loved the Pope. We’ve discussed the symbolism is Bosch’s crazy triptych and what exactly is so “off” about the Van Eyck altarpiece.

In Music, we’ve learned how symphonies are set up, how instruments interact to create both pleasant and unpleasant music. We have learned how to compare different compositions, how to identify genres, and how to hear and feel musical tension. I’m obviously way more into art, and am skeptical of Music classes due to years of forced elementary school classes. But as long as I don’t have to listen to the same classical piece seven times in a row, I’m learning to appreciate the technical and compositional aspects of music a little more too.

I’m leaving for Paris on Tuesday, and I can’t believe that either! People have asked repeatedly if I’m nervous, but I’m not. (Should I be? Yikes.) I’ve been to some of these cities before, and I’m excited about getting to know them better. Other places I will see for the first time, and I tumblr_olldx89SLW1uzjdm6o3_500can’t wait to get to know them, the people, the sights, and the food there better as well. I know it’s also a long trip, and I’m going to miss my family and friends so, so much. But I’m not going to be completely disconnected or anything! My goal is to blog every single day, and share the photos that I take in each place. I’ll have free texting even when I don’t have data, too. So, sketchy wifi aside, I’m leaving, but I’ll definitely still be around ~

Radio Silent No More

This past year has been crazy.

But “crazy” can mean so many different things, so I’ll clarify. 2015 was stressful, too quick, overwhelming, extremely fun, and memorable to the last. That’s why I haven’t posted anything in forever. And for that, I apologize.

Instead of writing for pleasure, I have spent my days and waning candlelit hours writing for school. School, meaning high school and college. I’ve already begun writing for college, and I’m not even in it yet. I’ve been swimming in personal essays and exposees on my leadership abilities and future plans (of which I am still unsure, even after five essays on the subject!) for months.

I can’t wait for this process to end, but I’m not sure when that will be. Or if it will. College is expensive, and I need money. Scholarships (and very wealthy sponsors? Anyone? Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore?) are my best friends. And they never end.

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However, this all-consuming non-pleasure writing process hasn’t been all bad, boring, or ickily personal. In fact, I quite like some of the articles and essays that I’ve written for either applications or school assignments, and I’ll likely share some of them soon. They have actually proven to be unexpected gems (nod to my last post here!). They will also, hopefully, prove themselves worthwhile and valuable to and for my future. Hopefully.

Anyway, the purpose of this post was mostly just to say hello and that, yes, I am still alive. Sorry All State, I’m not lying in roadside ditch somewhere! And as far as my blog goes: I’m back (*flourishes imaginary cape dramatically*)! Radio silent no more.

So keep an eye out for more numerous and frequent posts (and gifs, which I didn’t know I could use on here!). As crazy as everything is and may get, this blog is dear to me. And if there’s  one thing that I learned over the past year, it’s that making time for things that you enjoy is important.

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