"I wasn't always a feminist. In fact, I used to think feminists were sexually undesirable and perpetually angry. (Boy, was I wrong. Feminists are perpetually desirable, and I am sexually angry.)" Anastasia Higginbotham, "Chicks Goin' At It"
So, the school year is wrapping up. This week is final conferences and then registration. The graduating seniors have their senior dinner Wednesday night and Commencement is on Saturday. Soon it will be only summer, summer, summer. Which of course means something different for everyone.
For those of us who are already "real" adults, the same jobs that we have worked for years will continue on. Some of us who don't have jobs now, maybe we'll pick one up for a few months. Some of us may even continue working Federal Work Study at Shimer for the next few months. Some of us will be leaving this place forever, scattering in the wind to the four corners of the world. Some of us will work internships whether they are paid, unpaid, or paid through Shimer. Some of us will go home to families that we haven't seen in months.
As for me, I will be remaining in Chicago all summer. I have: begun my internship at the Chicago Dramatists, started my FWS job, registered for a summer class, commenced the sad process of looking for new roommates, and started the reading for my thesis (which is where I found the introductory quote).
Some people have told me that I am crazy for starting my thesis so soon, but people have started sooner than I! I have a little under a year to complete my project, which is already looking daunting. Currently, I am halfway through the first book on my reading list, Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation. It is pretty wonderful so far, I would recommend (at least the first half of) it to anyone interested in knowing a little more about feminism.