Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Film Adventure and Halloween

Hello everyone!

This past week has been a relatively quiet one for me. The assembly with Colum McCann that I mentioned in my last post was very insightful and it was an amazing opportunity to hear the author read passages of his own work and to talk about the motivation and meaning behind the wonderful piece of literature. The novel he presented on, Let the Great World Spin, is emotional and intense and I would highly recommend it! Although you'll all end up reading it anyway if you end up going to Macaulay Hunter so maybe you could wait until then.

In other news, my friends and I attempted to go to a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Chelsea Bowtie Cinema on Friday night, but arrived only to find that tickets were entirely sold out for that night AND the following night! Instead we just went and had some donuts and cried about not being able to see Rocky Horror. Other than that unfortunate incident, my weekend went well. I found out that I'll be acting in the next film for the Pied Filmmakers Collective, which is surprising and exciting since I've done production and directing for the first two films of the year. I originally joined the group with the intention of acting, so it'll be nice to get in front of the camera, although I definitely enjoy both jobs.

Speaking of film, I've decided that I'm going to take Film 101 over the winter intersession since it will help fulfill some of the Hunter Core requirements and film is something that I'm more interested in than I had anticipated. I'm most excited about taking it because that mean's I'll be able to live in the city over the break! Yay!

With Halloween, the opera, and spring registration all right around the corner, time seems to be flying by. I feel like I only just moved in a week ago, when in reality I've been living here for over two months! How did that happen?! I'm most excited for the fact that November is right around the corner, since Thanksgiving means I'll finally be able to go home and see my family, even if it is only for a few days. I miss them a lot and I'm very excited about getting to see everybody again.

Anyway, I should probably head off to bed before getting too sappy! Goodnight and stay well!

~ Adam Hobbins '18

Friday, October 24, 2014

Begin it!

Hi, everyone!

I had my first exam of the semester today, and it was for my Jewish history class. I actually haven't taken an in-class exam since my physics final back in May, but it's amazing how naturally I got back into my "exam-taking" mindset. But that doesn't mean that I wasn't nervous beforehand. I spent my morning worrying before I went in and took the exam in the afternoon. I felt MUCH better about it after I was done.

Then, my day got even better when I got a flower from someone. Yay for red roses!

The last couple of Tuesdays, I've found myself on a Central Park bench studying for a couple of hours. The weather was gorgeous! The trees were still mostly green with hints of orange and red. The sun was shining, and there was just a slight breeze. It made studying feel a lot less tedious. But the weather will be cooling down soon so I'll be back in the library. Not that I mind too much. It feels good to know stuff, if that makes sense. It feels good to be filled with knowledge and to know that my hard work is taking me places.

Then, Tuesday night, we had our penultimate discussion on scientific papers in my gene regulation class. That means people are going to start presenting next week, and the first draft of our paper is due in less than 2 weeks. Yikes. Much reading and writing for me in the days to come.

On Wednesday, we discussed this poem by Marianne Moore. It's one of the hardest poems out there but also strangely beautiful. Have a hand at deciphering it or better yet, allow yourself to float in the difficulty, which is what our English professor was telling us to do.

Tomorrow, I'll heading out to an event, which I hope to tell you guys more about in next week's post.

Btw, how are all of you prospective students handling the college admissions process? It's been 4 years since I've gone through it, but I still remember the pain of making sure every piece was just right. Please feel free to leave us questions in the comments section about anything and everything college-related. And please read over some of our old posts. There are great pieces of advice scattered throughout each one.


One of my favorite quotes of all time:

Quote of the Week

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Midterms Are Finally Over!

Hello all!

It has been quite a few weeks since I last posted, and I apologize for my long absence. Unfortunately, I was more than a little busy with all of the essays and exams that I had for midterms. Luckily, midterms are finally over and I can relax a little and fall back into the more typical routine I've been used to. In a similar train of thought, I've started to plan my schedule for next semester! I'm not entirely confident in it yet, but I do know that I plan to take my next Macaulay seminar as well as French, Calc 2, and Physics. Should be a good time!

In other news, I've been having a great time going to events for my seminar. I went to an incredible concert/play type performance art thing in Bushwick a few weeks ago called Ghost Quartet! The musicians were incredibly talented and the songs were amazingly good, telling an incredible story within a story within a story. Since I got to see it for free as part of my seminar, I plan to go again just because it was that good. I also went to see the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center last Thursday! The Festival involves several short performances by a few different dance companies and the particular night that we went was a very nice mix of ballet, contemporary, and even African dance styles. It was a great show and I'm glad I had the opportunity to go.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Macaulay freshman and all of the freshman in the various Scholars Programs at Hunter are going to an assembly led by Colum McCann, a professor at Hunter, an internationally bestselling author, and a National Book Award finalist! Unfortunately, I haven't had time to finish reading the copy of his novel, Let the Great World Spin, that we received, but I'm about halfway through and it's absolutely phenomenal, so I plan to get it signed and then finish it! Another exciting thing coming up is my planned trip to see the Metropolitan Opera next Wednesday for my seminar which I am extremely excited about and should be amazing!

And with that, I think it's time for me to head to bed! I plan on going back to posting weekly now that I've overcome the hurdle of midterms and you can look forward to hearing from me more often now. Be well all!

~ Adam Hobbins '18