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.
1. How do I catch up in a class I am falling behind in?
ENVS100: Introduction to Environmental Studies with Donald McClelland
LIT100: Guest Writers with Brendan Mathews
LIT 100: Guest Writers with Peter Filkins
LIT 152: Art of Fiction: Short Story with Brendan Mathewson Funk
LIT 153: Art of Fiction: The Novel with Brendan Mathews
LIT 158: Art of Poetry with Peter Filkins
LIT203: Science Fiction with John Morrell
LIT 288: Fiction Workshop with Brendan Mathews
MATH101: Math and Its Apps
THEA117: Acting Viewpoints with Aimée Michel
THEA227M: Playwrighting with Aimee Michel
History Courses with David Baum
I know better than anybody that the map of Simon’s Rock thrust into the hands of students on day one is confusing. Even the administration is aware of their signage issue, but that has taken a while to change, so I am going to try to offer a temporary solution! (We will see how this goes...) Here are some places to know around campus transcribed in a textual map:
I don’t know about you, but I am a sushi fanatic. If the thought of raw fish freaks you out, then I don’t think Bizen is worth the price for you, but their sushi is absolutely to kill for.
Bizen is located in the heart of town right by Soco and the funky little art store, so it's hella convenient to walk or take the shuttle to.
So you may be questioning the purpose of workshop week.
Well, I will start by telling you that I feel the same way, did feel the same way, and have felt the same way. Often times, as you go through these first few days, each of which feels like an eternity, you find yourself wrought with anxiety about what your classes and schedule will be like once this is over, if your early relationships will last, and when or how you might be trapped in your next 5-hour session of my least favorite game, ‘Truth or Dare.’ So, I am here to offer some unsolicited advice about what might be going on in your head: