As the weather gets colder and I’m rolling out my sweaters, I’m beginning to transition from the new artists I discovered in the summer back into last year’s music. Personally, I find that these songs serve as a calming break from the chaos of our current social and political climate. If I could classify them in one way it would be as the comforting feeling I get when I’m warm inside on a rainy day. I hope that in one way or another, they can convey the same comfort to you. The playlist can be found here.
If this is your first year at Simon’s Rock, you may be wondering what to expect when it comes to midterms. Maybe you’ve heard horror stories from older siblings or friends, or maybe you’re not worried at all. Either way, here are some things I wish I’d been told before my first round of midterms.
It was probably around month two (May) of quarantine when I realized I was pissed at the world. I mean, I was stuck at home, almost done with school, without prospects of a summer job, and I hadn’t even been able to club on my eighteenth birthday. My internal frustration led to a cycle of egocentric bitterness; I was beginning to believe COVID was out there to specifically ruin my life.
In honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11th), I decided to compile a list of songs representing the LGBTQ+ community. Some are more self-explanatory than others, but all of them have something to do with an underrepresented sexuality or gender identity. You can find the playlist here, and I hope you enjoy.
Keeping yourself organized is probably the single most difficult thing about being a college student. With no parents or teachers on your case about finishing assignments and turning them in, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. So how do I manage it all, you ask? Here are 3 great tools you can use to keep yourself organized.
With the ending of Phase 3 and the beginning of town exploration, I decided to at least try to make a playlist accurately describe the insanity of walking up and down hills on campus to amuse yourself, and to celebrate the very strange beginning of a semester that we’ve all had. The Spotify link can be found here.
1. What do I do when I have a class that was supposed to be intro-level, but there are a bunch of upperclassmen making things seem so clique-y? They have inside jokes and rapport with the teacher...and they are extremely vocal about EVERYTHING.
Lost in the shuffle
Last semester I attended one library event and one library event only: Zine-making with William McHenry. When I entered the Loud Section on that fateful evening, I had no idea what a zine was, but I was intrigued by the notion of putting “writing or artwork into a pamphlet,” probably because I am about as much of an English major as you can get.
Does quarantine have you sleeping your days away? Are you watching so much Netflix you’ve forgotten how real life works? Has your entertainment fallen so low that you refresh your school email in hopes of more useless updates? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here’s a list of fifty things to do besides break social distancing boundaries so that we can all go outside soon :)
As quarantine has made abundantly clear, writing is the most essential tool of a Rocker. I cannot even begin to explain how much more typing I do every week because of the new online platform, and I’m an English major, so I can imagine how absolutely terrifying it must be to those of you who are not used to pumping out a few 500-word responses every day. In my time at Simon’s Rock, I’ve developed a bit of a formula for the long-form response journal, so I’d like to take advantage of these troubling times and share it with you.