A Senior’s Ode to Purchase
May 04, 2015
by Izzi D.
I’m graduating in sixteen days and I’m becoming quite nostalgic.
So here’s a look back on my three years at Purchase, assisted by Timehop and “Photos You’re Tagged In” on Facebook
Day one (Or seven- I’m not quite sure)– My whole floor dresses up to go to the Stood. Heels, fancy dresses, and umbrellas for the rain, we soon realized that the Stood, while a rather fancy place, may not be the best place for stilettos.
Halloween 2012– I dress up as Michael Phelps by putting on a swimsuit, goggles and a swim cap and writing ‘USA’ in eye liner on my arm and across my chest. ‘Twas a good night for all.
Indeterminable time 2012– I discover using chopsticks to eat Cheetos means no messy fingers and I look dorkier than ever before.
December 2012– the Bitstrip phenomenon of Facebook leaves me with countless comic strips where I am perched on roofs screaming “I LOVE BIRDS”. Sidenote- I do love birds, I used to want to be a falconer when I was a wee child.
Winter Break 2012/2013– I discovered going home meant returning to my high school friends who all grew up a little during our first semester of college.
The rest of my Freshman year– Culture shock meant seeing Iggy Azalea before anyone knew who Iggy Azalea was. I started a band. I became a camp counselor. My friend Rachel and I swore we would live together but-
September of Sophomore year– I became an RA. I starred in RaVue. I was Bilbo Baggins.
October– I went to New York Comic Con with some of my best friends, dressed as the Winter Soldier before anyone knew who the Winter Soldier was (re: Captain America)
February– I co-wrote, assistant directed and acted in my friend Kait’s senior project- an ambitious adaptation of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. I played an uptight intellectual. I wonder why I was cast in the part.
The rest of Sophomore year– I formed a band with my best friend, called Skateboards! And we play twee punk satirical songs about campus life and people who skateboard. (disclaimer: we both do) Culture Shock means Lil B and jokes about Based Gods and my life as an RA comes to an end as I enter my final year at Purchase.
September of weird Junior/Senior year (I’m graduating a year early)– I’m graduating. In 9 months….oh my. I start my senior project, a musical about Iraq which later turns into a musical about aliens, which later becomes a musical about a girl who fights aliens.
October– Again I go to New York Comic Con, this time dressed as America Chavez of the Young Avengers. Look her up. She’s pretty awesome. For Halloween I am Pikachu and I hide in the grasses on campus like I’m a real live Pokémon.
December– My theater company, Red Theater, puts on their third show and my final show with them goes splendidly.
Second Semester Senior Year– I freak out about my senior project, which ends up being amazing in April; I freak out about graduation until I’m accepted to Carnegie Mellon; I freak out about the summer until I’m accepted to two highly competitive residencies; I freak out about what I’m gonna wear to graduation until I get my cap and gown and realize you can’t see anything under the robe; I freak out about leaving purchase but then realize- I’ve gotten so much out of my time here, there’s really no reason for me to be scared. From freshman year to senior year, I’ve learned so much and I cannot wait for the journey ahead.
Thusly, the nostalgic senior salutes you, Purchase College. May you keep teaching us lessons both inside and outside the classroom.