Esperanza 2013

Two weekends ago, I attended my final homecoming at Rice University. I’ve been to every Esperanza (that’s our name for the homecoming dance) since my very first semester at Rice, and I can safely say that Esperanza 2013 was a fitting finale for my undergraduate experience.

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Teaching a Course

Have you ever wanted to teach your own course? Perhaps you’re interested in becoming a teacher one day, or maybe you just have a great idea that you would like to teach others. At Rice, you can make this a reality! Rice University allows undergraduates to teach and to take classes in non-traditional areas, which is meant to supplement and expand the Rice curriculum. These classes are labeled COLL (college courses) and are offered for 1 credit hour on a Pass/Fail scale. The Spring 2014 course list is currently posted (you can check it out at courses.rice.edu), and there are quite of few college courses available! I personally love the “Knitty Gritty” (where you learn to knit!) and “How to be Happy.”

Learn more about COLL here: http://stc.rice.edu/.

(Another) Texas Renaissance Festival

When I was a kid, my parents allowed my brother and me to go anywhere for our birthdays. I normally opted to go to Cracker Barrel and some paint-your-own-ceramic-object store. My older brother, however, nearly always picked Medieval Times. There’s something magical about eating food in the dark with your bare (likely unwashed) hands and watching knights joust for a few hours. As far as I know, there isn’t a Medieval Times close to Houston. Yet, there’s something much better… the Texas Renaissance Festival.

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Creating a Club

At any given moment, there are roughly 230 different undergraduate clubs at Rice University. This September, the approximation increased by one: the Art History Club  (AHC) was officially recognized on September 23, making it the youngest (and, in my humble opinion, the most awesome) club at Rice! The AHC is dedicated to furthering involvement in the field of art history among both undergraduate art history majors and any interested non-majors through trips to local museums and exhibitions, film screenings, and guest lectures.

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Senior Interviewing

Hello, prospective students (particularly seniors)! Application deadlines are on the horizon, and I just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the optional interview. Although interviews are by no means required to complete an application, I always encourage potential students to sign up for one. An interview is an excellent opportunity for you to personally express why you want to attend Rice and it allows the admissions office to get to know you as a person. I am actually a part of the senior interviewer team this semester, which means that once a week (and sometimes on Saturdays) I have the pleasure of speaking with prospective students about who they are and why they believe Rice is a great fit for them.

I know that interviewing can be intimidating, but rest assured that the interviews are not meant to be scary! Think of it as a conversation, not an intense round of questions. When I applied early decision to Rice, I opted to interview and it was actually the interview that reaffirmed my interest in the university. It’s a bit creepy, but I still remember exactly who interviewed me and how we asked each other questions (he obviously inquired about my academic interests/passions and I was able to ask him all about why he chose Rice, what he planned to do post-graduation, and my department of interest). He made me feel confident in my decision to apply to Rice, which is exactly what I hope to do every time I interview a prospective student.

 

Final Fall Semester

My final fall semester at Rice University has begun! I’m officially a senior, and I am majoring in art history with a minor in anthropology. It feels wonderful to be in my final year at Rice, although I’m now facing a new set of challenges. While I no longer need to worry about fulfilling my graduation requirements (hooray!), I do have to juggle more extracurricular commitments than ever before.

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