Three Weeks Left

Hi there 🙂

Despite this past rainy day, I hope you all have been taking advantage of the gorgeous spring weather Scranton has been blessed with in the past week or so. Of course, there are still gray days, but just about anything beats the winter in my opinion!

With three weeks left of the semester, it is go time. Whether I’m writing papers, reading for class, running to a club meeting, singing or working on the paper, it is one of the busiest times of the semester. I know these next few weeks are going to come and go before I know it, but I truly hope it slows down. Despite the stress, the thought of my sophomore year ending surfaces so many emotions I’m not quite ready to accept yet.

But on a happier note…the U’s community has been super active lately. Events on events on events! Friday, the annual Holi Festival took place on the Dionne Green. For the past five years, the Asia club has organized a celebration for Holi, the festival of colors in the Hindu religion.

The Holi festival! Sadly, I wasn't wearing a white shirt so I didn't participate, but a few of my friends did.

The Holi festival! Sadly, I wasn’t wearing a white shirt so I didn’t participate, but a few of my friends did.

Saturday, the English and Theater  department hosted a Shakespeare Festival, to celebrate 400 years since the death of the renowned poet and playwright. The Men and Women for Octaves moderator  (and active member!) Michael Friedman, who is an English professor here, couldn’t wait for Octaves to perform at the event. We sang the classic Taylor Swift song ” Love Story.”

The singing didn’t stop there! The University’s photography club invited both Royal Harmony and Octaves to perform at their gala. The groups performed “Love Story”, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”, “What Do You Mean” and “Somewhere Out There”. We’ll be performing very soon once again at one of the biggest events at the U: Relay for Life!

Now, as a follow up since I was unable to post last week, my birthday weekend was amazing! Not only was I able to spend quality time with my family and friends, but the weather was beyond perfect. I definitely think it was the sunniest and warmest weekend at the U thus far (and I promise I’m not just being biased!). I even had a free breakfast Sunday, on my actual birthday, with the Octaves when we sang at the scholarship brunch. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend to ring in the 20th.

My mom and I on our way to Longhorn Steakhouse for my birthday dinner.

My mom and I on our way to Longhorn Steakhouse for my birthday dinner.

To end the day, I plopped myself at one of my favorite spots on campus: the statue across from Redington Hall. I always seem to catch the most beautiful sunsets there. thumbnail_IMG_6192

In the hour or so that I was peacefully sitting outside, I couldn’t help but feel utterly blessed. It truly is moments like these that kindle feelings of gratitude, content, awe, joy, even a little pensiveness. The last 20 years of my life have gone by just as fast as my first two years of college. And although, yes I am only 20, I still manage to find so much to reflect upon. But, as one of my favorite sayings goes, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

That’s all for now! Have a wonderful day everyone 🙂

-Catie

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I can’t recall the entire quote, however, when I was scrolling through Instagram the other week I came across a picture with a saying that began with “Be the person who can make the most out of a Tuesday.” I absolutely loved it. The quote continued and overall was telling the reader to be the kind of person who isn’t always looking forward to the weekend, the weekdays away. With April in full swing and the end of the semester just around the corner, I could not agree more with such a statement. Despite all the assignments I have building up, I’m trying to make the most of every day.

Last Friday, Royal Harmony and Octaves were honored to sing the national anthem at a Railriders baseball game! For those reading who do not know, the Railriders are a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees. NOt only did we get to sing the anthem, but had great seats for the game! Although the night was a little chilly (still not as cold as when we sang at 5am for opening day), it was a wonderful way to bond with the groups.

Octaves and Royal Harmony before singing the national anthem.

Octaves and Royal Harmony before singing the national anthem.

On another note (no pun intended), on Thursday night, Octaves rehearsal was a little out of the ordinary. Former member Will, who temporarily left the group due to a busy schedule, recorded us to create a preview music video of us! Our directors Jimmy and Genny thought it would be the perfect way for the group to gain some attention on social media and interest people in coming to our concert. We finished up all the vocals will be focusing on the video aspect this Thursday. Alexis, our social media chair and mics specialist, got a few shots of us being recorded! 

Me singing "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor

Me singing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor

Two tenors, Ralph and Joe.

Two tenors, Ralph and Joe.

We have our next performance this Sunday at the University’s scholarship brunch. But more importantly…Sunday is my birthday! Just kidding it’s not necessarily more important, but it is indeed Sunday. And if all goes well my parents will be coming up to visit. Since they both work full time it’s definitely hard to find a weekend to visit, which doesn’t bother me too much; being the stereotypical college student that I am, I absolutely enjoy being away from home. But it will definitely be nice to spend quality time with two people who I love in the place I love most! Hopefully the weather agrees. 🙂

Ursinus College Bearitones Growl to Scranton!

To begin I would just like say that I’m glad I was able to enjoy the warm weather while it lasted! Unfortunately, Mother Nature has seemingly decided that the winter season was just not long enough here in Scranton. I’m still hangin’ in there though, hopefully in a week or so the sun will shine once again and I’ll be able to walk across campus on beautiful 60 degree days.

However, despite the chilliness on campus this weekend, at least my heart was warmed by the beautiful sounds of a cappella. And as corny, cheesy, etc. as that may sound it couldn’t be more true. Last Friday Men and Women for Octaves welcomed the Ursinus College Bearitones, the school’s male a cappella ensemble. To no surprise, I was blown away! These young men were not only incredibly talented, but fun, friendly, passionate about their music, and all around engaging performers who really knew how to impress an audience. This was our first “real performance” of the semester and I was so pleased with the outcome. Between having a great turnout, hearing some of my favorite songs sung by a great group of people and of course sharing the stage with Octaves and Royal Harmony, I’d definitely rank the night 10 out of 10.

 

Men and Women for Octaves joined by the Ursinus College Bearitones in the Brennan Theater

Men and Women for Octaves joined by the Ursinus College Bearitones in the Brennan Theater

Speaking of a cappella, I am pleased to announce that next year I will be taking over Men and Women for Octaves with my new role as president!

Although I’m absolutely nervous about some of the responsibilities, I could not be more excited. I love my group and Royal Harmony with all my heart and could never imagine my college experience thus far without singing and the amazing individuals I have met. Ever since high school I had always wanted to be in an a cappella group and no matter what I always aimed to sing at the collegiate level. To not only have accomplished that, but two leadership positions within the group as well, is truly something I’m proud of.  

But I am not merely proud of this new role; I am honored and eager. To lead and organize a group of such talented young men and women, to give back to a club that has given me so much in just the last two years, means the world to me. Despite the hard work that will come along with this role, I’m positively anxious to see how my efforts can make the groups better than they already are. 🙂 MW48 pride!

And while I’m on this a cappella roll, I should also mention that this Friday Royal Harmony and Octaves will be taking a drive to the PNC Field in Moosic for the Railder’s game! We’ll be singing the national anthem and watching the game as well. This is my second time going to Railrider’s stadium with the group (last year we sang at opening day…at 4am!) , but this time we’ll be able to sing, relax and enjoy some baseball. This is just another one of the many events we’ll be performing at this semester! I must admit, we’re pretty booked for the next few weeks until our concert.
Well that’s all for now everyone 🙂 I hope this music-esque post of mine inspired you to listen to some a cappella music. Stay warm and enjoy the rest of the week!