“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”—Martin Luther King Jr.
These last couple of weeks have been filled with firsts for myself and other Ave students. One such first was the first day of fall. On this day, the humidity decreased ever so slightly in preparation for what I’m told is “winter” (about 60 degree weather). In addition to this, we’ve experienced multiple exciting and challenging firsts as a student body.
Probably my favorite so far was my first art class here at Ave. I took art classes throughout high school, so I was super excited when I saw an article in the Daily Bulletin for a new art class this semester. I responded to that email faster than Usain Bolt ran at the Olympics. For our first class, we went to the library and looked at the paintings on display. We discussed how an artist is able to express emotion and tell a story by the use of color and technique. Our next class was focused on gesture drawing, sketching a still life in decreasing increments of time. Eventually our time limit was down to only 30 seconds and I’ll admit, my drawing looked somewhat like an abstract interpretation of a cat.
Another first that I know most of my classmates and myself have happily checked off our lists is our first college essay (cue the Hallelujah Chorus). My first essay was for my Literary Tradition class and we were assigned topics pertaining to Homer’s Iliad. As I was outlining my essay, I was pretty nervous because this was my first college paper and I had no idea what to expect. So I started off, armed with my highlighter and sticky notes, and reread passages pertaining to my topic. During this process, I learned that I missed a lot of little key details the first time I had read. I also learned that I do my most productive work while listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean and Chronicles of Narnia soundtracks. I was glad that I gave myself a good head start on my essay so that I had time to break up my writing time and to revise my essay. As I turned in my essay, I felt confident that I had tackled the prompt successfully. This is my “I’m so happy I finished my first college essay” face:
Speaking of tackling, another first this past weekend was the Ave Maria Gyrene’s first win in football. It was a lot of fun watching the Gyrenes play a great game against Southern Virginia University and seeing how excited they were after the victory. And of course, what’s a football team without their spirited cheerleaders? All in all it was a fun weekend and an exciting game. The best part was definitely being there for the first win in Ave history.