Art Biz with Liz: One Last Semester

I wasn’t ready for the first day of classes this semester. Two weeks—which were spent working on my two honors theses, applying to jobs, and working my part-time job from home—left much to be desired rest and relaxation-wise. But burnout aside, my biggest concerns resided in stress over how fast time was passing.

With the winter 2022 semester underway, feelings of disappointment about “losing out” due to the coronavirus pandemic are persistent, and questions about life after graduation seem to be closing in from all directions. Moving forward, however, I’m working on what it means to focus on my path and what’s important to me. I can’t change the past, but I can make the most of the present.

I’m very excited for the role the arts will play in my last semester at Michigan. I look forward to continuing work on my novella, which is the senior thesis I am doing in the RC’s creative writing and literature program. I am also looking forward to continuing my carillon studies with Dr. Tiffany Ng. Learning how to play the carillon has been an enriching experience, and I enjoyed my time last semester making music in the Burton Memorial Tower and Lurie Tower.

As far as music goes, I’ll also be a member of the U-M Women’s Glee Club for one last semester. I auditioned for the group during my sophomore year of college, and it remains one of my favorite extracurriculars (as exhibited by the number of arts, ink. posts I have about glee club concerts/events).

Lastly, I’m taking a sculpture class through the RC. In this class, a small cohort of students meet twice a week in the East Quadrangle basement for three-hour workshops. I lived in East Quadrangle for my first two years in college, so it’s nice to have a reason to visit on a weekly basis. Although my experience with crafting and analyzing sculptures is limited, I love engaging with different art forms and participating in events that increase my exposure to them. I’m very much looking forward to learning more about the visual arts and getting hands-on experience with different tools and art mediums.

When I talk to people who have graduated, their general tips for making the most of senior year include dedicating time to do fun things with friends and checking off all of the final items on a college bucket list. Many of my friends are lightening their course loads this semester, which is well-deserved after three and a half years of hard work. Although I’m taking a different route and packing my schedule to the brim, I’m excited to partake in some of the awesome classes and arts opportunities at Michigan. Schoolwork and studying remain high priorities, but it’s nice to know that I’ve enrolled in some classes where the homework won’t feel like work. Overall, I’ve loved college, and while I’m not ready to leave just yet, I find comfort in the art opportunities and other experiences I get to take advantage of this semester.

Elizabeth S

Hello! My name is Elizabeth, and I'm a senior who enjoys writing about the presence of art in everyday life. Through this blog series, I'll be documenting my experience with creative writing, music, and more on campus. Enjoy!

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