The Last Day

Another early start — Barrett is front and center with her poster presentation, which is based on her Oceanography research from her semester at the Williams-Mystic Program. Everyone is exhausted from last night’s gala (check out our fun photo memento!) and from the whole four days, but it’s a good kind of tired. Let’s wrap this up and pack and get back to CNR!

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The Journey Home

And then we returned to New Rochelle, exhausted and exhilarated. What a weekend. As we checked out of the hotel, Stephanie was called forward during the closing awards ceremony to be recognized for her art work. A nice last note. And then on the way home, a stop in Mystic to say hello to junior CNR Honors student Wenting, who like Fabiola and Barrett is spending a semester at the prestigious Williams-Mystic program. Hey Stephanie, wanna give it a try next year?

Conferences are Hard Work

We knew Saturday would be a long day.

We started at 7:30 — the Poster Session.  So many interesting projects to take in, and it was great for Barrett to get the lay of the land, as she is presenting her poster during tomorrow’s session.  Fabiola ducked out a bit early in order to prepare for her panel, which was packed with students and faculty — a terrific showing.  For the second session, we all decided on the same panel — A Renaissance of Identity — and loved especially the papers about “The Disney Feminist” and “Sondheim’s Women” because they reminded us so much about our own Honors seminar with Dr. Bass, “American Princess:  Once Upon a Time.”

At the Presidential Luncheon, NRHC President Helen-Margaret Nasser gave an inspiring speech about….failing!  She said that some of her greatest failures led to some of her greatest discoveries, and that the only time you really fail is when you quit.

This afternoon, off to more panels and roundtables, and maybe a peek outside to see the sun that has finally decided to come out.  After the Student Caucus at 4:30, we will finally have some down time before getting ready for tonight’s Student Gala in the ballroom.  The theme is “nautical” — never hard for a CNR student to find some blue and white!

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She Did It!

Okay, this post is from Dr. Bass because she is bursting over how well Fabiola just did on her panel:

Oh, Fabiola — you ROCKED your panel. The depth of your research, your brilliant analysis, and the sensitivity with which you answered all of those questions (to the point where someone apologized that you were getting all the questions!) I am so proud of you. You just exemplified Honors — interdisciplinary primary research accompanied by serious analysis and good writing. With a huge shout out to your mentor for this project, Dr. Anne Ferrari, and to Barrett and Stephanie who helped calm your nerves and became your professional photographer. You knocked it out of the park.