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Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows…

February 6, 2004 5:39 pm

Are NOT what I see at Furman….it’s been raining all day.

Registration for spring term was last week – it seemed awfully soon, but I realized that I’ll be going home for “spring” break in two and a half weeks!

I had wanted to get into astronomy and writing fiction, but there were only 4 or 5 spots left in each, even though I registered with the juniors. So I didn’t get into either. I did get 16 century English lit. and German lit. from 1750 to the present, both with professors I know and like – the former is my advisor. And then I have HES (health & exercise science, the required “P.E.” course), which I am NOT looking forward to. At all. At least it should balance the other two out – the German and English sound good but hard, and HES is reputed to be fairly easy.

On Monday, I had an interview for the foreign study trip to the UK that I hope to go on. This was me in a room with the three professors who are going this time, one each from English, theater, and history. I’ve heard lots of good things about the people from English and history – my roommate has a class with the latter this term. It was interesting, since I really had no idea what they were going to ask me. Of course they had to pull out “Why do you want to go on this trip?” After that it was lots of do I enjoy class discussions (well, there’s an obvious “right answer” to that one) and where would I want to go sightseeing in my free time (sorry, not up on my British landmarks, that’s why I want to go!), and what was my favorite historical period (I can’t pick one!). All a little odd, but okay. We also talked food allergies for a bit. I had written a long paragraph on the issue on my application – just what it is, how I’ve dealt with it in the past, and our ideas about how I would be able to handle it on this trip. They seemed understanding and basically confirmed what I had been planning.

Naturally, those plans involve a lot of peanut butter. What was funny was when one of the professors commented that I had specifically said tree nuts, so of course I launched into the classic “peanuts aren’t nuts” spiel. I had gotten as far as “well, peanuts are actually related to peas and beans…” when the theater prof chimes in “Because they’re legumes!” “Right!” I say, excited that someone else is aware of this fact. Apparently his family was in the peanut business at one point. It was quite amusing, though!

Have any of you read The Importance of Being Earnest or Mrs. Warren’s Profession? That’s what we’ve been reading in satire the last couple of days, and I really enjoyed both of them – though in very different ways. Earnest is just hilarious, and Mrs. Warren is very thought-provoking (for starters, her “profession” is that of a brothel madame and former prostitute). We’ve had some really good class discussion on these two. Much better than oh, say Jonathan Swift…