Joyce, Shrek, and Excessive Parentheses
Blogger: Soraya Sebghati
“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes.” For all of you non-lit nerds out there, yes, I’m spending my spring break doing my homework and reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. Being an English major is no joke. And if you think my spring break sounds busy, you should’ve witnessed my semester! Which is really the point of this blog post: to let you (the readers) in on my life at Oxy.
Sure, it’s been busy, but it’s also been amazing! Yes, my classes are complicated (if you didn’t catch that one of my classes focuses solely on Ulysses, James Joyce’s postmodern masterpiece). However, complicated proves to be rewarding! If I didn’t love my major, would I be the chair of the English Department’s Student Committee? You guessed it: I am. This past semester, three other committee members and I got to help the English department with the hiring of a new tenure-track professor. How many college students that you know actually have a say in the hiring of new professors? Well, now you know at least one (me). Aside from that, class, and working for the radio station, KOXY, you’d think that that’s been it for me. Couldn’t be further from the truth!
My friends and I took our dear friend Clark to IHOP for his first time ever, and it might’ve been at 11:30PM on a Wednesday. Last week we also reveled in the long-awaited opening of Oxy’s new quad, cringe-worthy Shrek jokes included (Lord FarQUAD? Anyone?). It’s the little things, people. Other than that, my band, called Night Talks, has been keeping me insanely busy. We signed a record deal over winter break, actually! We created an LLC, got investors, and signed ourselves as our first artists, with a lot of help from our manager. So I guess you can add record label owner to my list of duties? We’ve been in the studio working on an album, rehearsing a bunch, and playing shows. While we’re on that topic, I’ll plug our big, upcoming show. It’s on March 28th at the Lyric Theatre and you can get tickets at this link.
And what’s a semester without a little trip to Joshua Tree to see Best Coast/take band photos, and a vintage prom themed birthday party? Not much! If there’s anything for you, the readers, to take from this, I’d say that you should enjoy the sleep you’re getting. Being busy is great, but spring break is definitely reserved for excessive napping, even if my 21st birthday does fall in the middle of the week. Anywho, see you at the next blog post!