The realisation that whether I title this revenge tragedy paper “Matters of Blood and Connection” or “And Then the Murders Started” depends on the topic sentence. Otherwise it’s essentially the same paper.
(“And Then the Murders Started” has a better statement tho so I might just go with that. This scholarship blog still needs a name. If you have thoughts, let me know!)
Okay okay, so Week 1 hasn’t ~technically~ finished yet (our weeks here begin on Thursdays … so we’re only about halfway haha), but the prediction for the rest of the week is looking extremely monotonous and filled with revision, which means that I probably won’t be posting much as I go into ‘lockdown’ mode.
But I’ve had an altogether happy start to what promises to be a hectic term: if any term begins with lunch with my best friend at The Urban Shed after an interesting lecture, then you know it’s going to be good.
My exams begin on the 19th May, so I’ve been beginning revision and quote-memorising techniques (mind-maps work for me), mostly for the Tragedy paper at the moment. I’ve loosely planned out how I’m going to fit in everything else, but the term ‘loosely’ is very important to that sentence. Flexibility is best. As long as I have a tick-list of subjects to learn/revise, and this gets done by the time exam term starts, I’ll be happy.
Yesterday, it was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The day before, Friday, I had been to a second interview for the company I mentioned before, but had left feeling a bit downcast. So yesterday I felt a little ‘out of it,’ and decided to read Titus Andronicus (my favourite tragedy) in tribute to Shakespeare. There’s just something about this play I adore - adore seems like such a strange term to attribute when the play is so horrific, but I’m going to use it anyways. After I had read this, I actually felt like I wanted to study Tragedy, so dragged myself to the library to focus on some good, hard, work before getting a ridiculously early night.
TODAY: Beyoncé released Lemonade, so obviously I have been listening to it all day (Sorry is my favourite omg!!!!). I had a productive morning of work, before going to the Girton College Boathouse on the River Cam to try my hand at ROWING for the first time (!) I’ve always wanted to give it a go, but never had the confidence to try before - but today I went & actually had such a wonderful afternoon. There was a moment where we were rowing beneath a willow tree, and the branches brushed against my head as we made calm strokes in the water, and it was honestly such a lovely moment. Afterwards, I didn’t feel very tired physically, so when me & my friend were leaving, I spontaneously decided to give her my stuff to take back to college, and I took the opportunity for a work out by running back to Girton College - it’s 2.5 miles away from town (I was in sports clothing after all, water bottle and all). Energy needed releasing, what can I say?
I’ve had an busy, productive and exhilarating start to exam term. I think I have, finally, got the hang of this ‘Cambridge life’ thing.
Aries: Paper cut Taurus: Allergies Gemini: Texting the wrong person Cancer: Crying in public Leo: Something in your teeth Virgo: A pebble in your shoe Libra: A fight with your best friend Scorpio: Yeast infection Sagittarius: Existential crisis Capricorn: Disappointing your parents Aquarius: Disappointing yourself Pisces: A bad dream
Sorry for the silence - holiday reading is currently underway (this is not even a fraction of the number of books I’ve been reading, I don’t know whether to be proud or to cry).
I’m going to Spain on Wednesday for a week with my mother, so I’m currently deciding which books to bring with me to re-read. I’ve been reading a lot of theory over the past few weeks for my History of Literary Theory paper, so reading these should be a nice break, and I’m so excited to get some sun - I haven’t been on a beach holiday in years!
È importante che tu sappia come sono andate esattamente le cose e perché. Qualcuno deve saperlo, qualcuno deve essere in grado di trarne profitto e non ripetere i miei stessi errori.
Quello che stai per ascoltare, le parole, la musica, la storia della mia caduta e la parte che in questa caduta hai avuto tu, ti sarà molto più utile di quanto immagini. In realtà ti sto regalando il dono più grande che tu avessi mai potuto ricevere. In una parola, ti sto dando la base del tuo Compito sulla Tragedia.