by Josie Verchomin
High: I met up with two of my very best friends
I met up with two of my very best friends Eilis and Julia in London City. We have known each other since first year at Smith. Eilis has been studying in Germany on the Hamburg Yearlong Smith Program. Julia is studying at Exeter for the semester. I was so happy to explore London with them as well as friends I have made here in Galway, and Julia’s friend from home Trudy. A Highlight of this trip would be the first night we were all together. We went out for dinner and as we were eating I realized how comfortable I was sitting with all of them. When exploring a huge, vast city like London comfort is something rare. With Eilis and Julia I felt at home.
Low: I barely got any sleep in London
This month my low was hard to pin down considering I didn’t have many low points at all. That said though the night I barely got any sleep in London would be my low. It was the first night we were staying in our hostel, the women sleeping in the bunk below me snored all throughout the night. I barely got three hours of sleep. This low has taught me to value sleep when traveling. During a time when you just want to see everything in a city you don’t know, sleep is a necessity for me.
Glitter: I joined the student choral society
Last month I joined the student choral society and I am so happy I did. Not only am I singing again but I am singing with a group of amazing people. At Smith I am a member of Glee Club but last semester I had to take a break from it due to my commitments in the theatre. I have been singing in musicals and choral groups since the age of seven, which made that time away from Glee extremely hard. Choral Soc is a stress free environment and everyone involved just wants to sing. Last weekend we went to the Kiltimagh Choral Festival. We didn’t win in any of the categories we competed in but our scores were high. However, while there I won something far more important than a place title; I won a new group of friends. Choral Soc is my glitter for the month because I know that through the next two months those friendships I gained will grow.
I am a junior at Smith College studying at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) this spring. At Smith I am working towards a theatre major, psych minor and Native American and indigenous studies certificate. While in Ireland I hope to explore the culture, and history, as well as the local theatre life.