Today I went on a lovely expedition to the Field Museum, which is approximately forty seconds away from Shimer (or one train stop and a fifteen-minute bus ride, but for the CTA, that's forty seconds). I am a member, and have definitely recovered more than the cost of that membership, what with the number of times I've gotten myself and a guest in for free, and the three free tickets per special exhibit I receive. Having seen the Aztecs long ago, I went today to see the pirates. It was a very strange presentation of piracy -- forget the rape and pillage and remember the multiethnic democratic community, you guys. It was sort of awesome, but I cannot give photographic evidence, given that no pictures may be taken of temporary exhibits. I did manage to capture an incidence of piracy in the gift shop, however. The use of wheelchairs among pirates has a long and respected history, as does the use of plastic cutlasses.
I, Captain Cripple Creek, take a defenseless cardigan-wearing bookworm hostage.
We also visited ancient Egypt, where we were allowed to take pictures.
A soul house found in a tomb. Middle Kingdom, I believe.
Actual walls from the actual tomb of the actual Unis-Ankh.
Burial masks from the Ptolemaic period.
In conclusion, there is no better way to spend a Sunday than at the museum.
Groupon is a deal a day site for Chicago. We find the unbeatable deals on fun stuff to do and buy in and around Chicago. But here’s the catch - you only get the deal if a certain number of people join. That’s why businesses offer us these prices, because we can guarantee them volume.
Groupon = “Group” + “Coupon”
It had a sea horse. Winner!
While procrastinating on a paper I clicked a magic button, which led me to this site:
It has philosophers' entire works squashed into bite-sized explanations! How cool (and dangerous) is that? Seems like it'd be very easy for things to be misinterpreted when condensed so badly. It'd also be rather hard to choose what to keep in and what to leave out!
So far I've only looked at Machiavelli, and only the Very Squashed version of The Prince, but it looked...acceptable, at least. Machiavelli is probably my favorite philosopher; this doesn't mean I'd use his methods, just that I love the way he explains his ideas. He is a pragmatist, that's for sure.
Here's a quote I found while meandering through...okay, fine, while reading pages upon pages of Machiavelli quotes, because this is the sort of thing I do while procrastinating on papers. Anyway, enjoy:
"Never was anything great achieved without danger."
About me! 'About me' has become quite the noun these days. I sort of like it. I also like 'blog' as a verb. So right now I think I'll blog an about me.
All right so here's the thing. High school? That happened in Ohio and thankfully ended in '06. I was a guileless little girl, and all I wanted for Christmas was 'education for education's sake.' Well really I guess I wanted that by early autumn at the latest, but yeah Christmas too. To get my early Christmas present I had to ride 22 hours in a Volvo in order to end up in New Mexico––where I started out my college career at St John's College. Aaaand I loved it. So much. My first class sent me into academic euphoria, and I knew that great books and seminars could never be surpassed in the my-favorite-way-of-learning race.
Your line? "umm... What are you doing at Shimer?" Oh. Right. Okay so here's the thing. I may have been in this tiny little relationship thingy... with someone in Ohio. And then I read some Aristotle on friendship... Long story short I decided I didn't want to be a million miles away.
I transferred to a liberal arts college in the heart of it all. Antioch College. Except for it decided to close. Yes. The college. Closed. I had transferred to a college from which I was then forced to transfer. Nice.
Good thing though! Because even after finding out about Shimer? Even after this enticing little article tempting me to go back to great books? I would have stayed at Antioch just to avoid transferring again. Luckily, that didn't happen. Great Books!
(Also: If they aren't lying to us and prospective Shimer students are actually reading this? I can totally answer 'difference between St John's and Shimer' questions. Had I known about Shimer when choosing a college, I would've had them. Questions I mean. But I'm sweet like that. Maybe you people just don't even have questions. Maybe you're just not sweet like that.)
I work, as I've mentioned, at the Shimer library. It is a glorious job; after a traumatic or overstimulating class, I can sit with books quietly for a few hours and I get paid. For the past few days, I've been stamping all of our art books with a stamp that reads SHIMER COLLEGE.
Doré's illustration of the harpies in the Wood of Suicides (Dante's Inferno)
While stamping, I've been paging through a lot of books. I'd like our collection to be bigger -- we all would -- but what we've got now is its own kind of amazing. The Shimer collection is like your eccentric rich great uncle's private library. There may not be rhyme or reason or cohesion to what we've got, but browsing it is beautiful. I like to make myself some tea in the kitchen and sit with the art section -- it ranges from a book of Gustav Doré's illustrations for the Divine Comedy to a series on the collections of the world's greatest museums. There are words in these books, or so I hazily recall, but the pictures are the point, I think, and perfectly stunning at that. A few minutes with Magritte will cure most intellectual ills, I've found. The feel of glossy pages is highly therapeutic.
Magritte's La Folie Almayer
With May coming closer and closer, a lot of students are turning their attention to summer plans. It may seem as though Shimer simply doesn't have the resources to compete with other schools when it comes to things like internships, career counseling and all those all those other resume packing-activities that gradually become more and more important.
I honestly don't know how Shimer's resources in this arena stack up to larger schools since I really only have experience with Shimer. But I have now gone through the process of putting together a résumé and some other things that were relevant to my application process. So there a few things I now feel entitled to say about the process as I've experienced it here so far. I don’t know how the rest of the world will accept my efforts but I’ll get back to you about that in May.
In the mean time, remember these ten things....
Obviously a lot more than this goes into writing up a résumé and all the other materials that go into reducing yourself to a few pieces of paper (which, as a Shimer student, I find kind of troubling). But these are mostly just things I think are different for me because I go to Shimer. Some of it, I admit, is simply what I think is good advice.
If any of you want a little more detailed information about this process, or questions, then feel free to email me. You can reach me pretty easily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the Chicago neighborhoods I enjoy visiting is Wicker Park. There are a few shops there that I love dearly. At the moment my favorite is probably iCream, the create-your-own ice cream shop, but more on that another day. (If I wait to blog about it, then I have an excuse to go back--to take pictures, of course, not just 'cause I'm drooling as I type this...) Wicker Park also has tens of little shoe shops I won't let myself enter but melt a little every time I walk past. And then there's Myopic, among the cheapest and best-stocked used bookstores I know of.
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