“You’ve got to be really brawny to have that kind of strength—the strength to relax.” Or so says leading (angry) man Jimmy Porter in John Osborne’s 1956 play Look Back in Anger. As you stare down the barrel of the second half of the semester, Porter’s words might seem like the antithesis of everything we’ve been taught about hard work, but sometimes our greatest strength is in learning how to balance all of our responsibilities and still have moments to simply enjoy being in our own skin. Maybe that means putting on a clever costume today and doing some trick-or-treating. Or maybe it means curling up somewhere with a book that no one told you you had to read. Maybe it means baking some cookies, watching a good movie, or going for a cozy walk in the chill Fall air. But however you go about it, just remember as you start powering your way through to December that you can’t do everything everyone asks of you without doing something for yourself. After all, we just saw the biggest October snow since the 19th century. You owe yourself a warm beverage and some time with your feet up.
But before you start relaxing too much, check out these announcements:
1. You’ve been asking about it and here it is! Our Open Mic is next Thursday, November 10th from 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm in the Woody Tanger Auditorium. If you’d like to perform your original work, sign up on the door of our office in 3416 Boylan before the slots fill up! Otherwise, we’d love to have you in the audience to witness your talented peers in action.
2. If words on a page are more your cup of tea, fear not! The Junction is accepting submissions for this year’s issue and we’d love to read your work! Email us your poetry, other creative writing, and artwork at email@example.com and bring a hard copy of writing submissions to 3416 Boylan.
3. The English Department is offering three Creative Writing classes during intersession. There will be two sections of Intro to Creative Writing (M-F 9:30 am-12 pm, 2 pm-4:30 pm) and one section of Fiction 1 (M-F 9:30 am-12 pm). Stop by the office or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get information about course codes/sections.
4. The BC Slam Team is hosting its second open slam this Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Occidental Lounge (SUBO) to finish assembling a stellar team, so check it out!
And as always, come by 3416 Boylan during the week with all of your questions. Now start exercising your strength of relaxation with a leisurely scroll through this week’s Boylan Blog!
- Nora Curry
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