March 24, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 8

The specter of senior orals rears its ugly head

Opinion Editor

Comprehensive exams and orals are frequently the bane of the existence of graduating seniors here at Georgetown. The spring semester is usually full of seniors running around, wild-eyed, mumbling facts to themselves as they review notes and books in preparation for what they expect to be the worst hour or two of their lives. Now that campus is right in the middle of orals season, several seniors have stepped up to let the underclassmen know their secrets to survival for future reference.

Christy Graves, a history major, has already taken and passed her oral exam. She says, “I almost cried from happiness when I passed my orals!” When asked for advice for future history majors, she answered, “Take the studying one step at a time and pace yourself. And have confidence!”

Jessica Flores is majoring in both English and Spanish. In order to accommodate her schedule and graduation requirements, she took her English orals at the very beginning of the semester. She has also completed her comprehensive exams for both subjects. Her orals for Spanish are coming up in the coming weeks. She says, “I was super nervous for my English orals because I had no clue what to expect and went in alone and much earlier than everyone else. The thought of sitting in front of three English professors and being drilled on the subject was terrifying. But it was really relaxed and I survived.”

On the other hand, the comprehensive exam for Spanish has “been a beast. I’m not good at sit down test kind of things and I completely panicked and blanked on parts.” For preparation, Flores claims that she spent all of her Christmas break preparing for English orals, but had to study for Spanish while in school. Her advice to other students stems from her own problems in studying for orals—take good notes and keep them. Flores wishes that she “had taken better notes in class and kept all my notes in the same place from year to year.”

spring break feature photos

The Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band visited the National World War I museum in Kansas City, Mo.

Senior Hillary Jones took this picture of Hogwarts at Universal Studio’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


Chief Emeritus

Sable Snyder enjoys some music in the outdoors.

Senior Sable Snyder (oh, I am a fan of alliteration if you couldn’t tell) has only been a student at Georgetown College for about two and a half months now. This is my cute way of saying that Mrs. Snyder is a newlywed. Prior to January 8, you would have known her as Sable Floyd.

This senior comes from Somerset, Ky. and currently lives with her husband, Kyle, in Lexington. This semester she finds herself student teaching as the last requirement of her Music Education major. It was music that ended up drawing Snyder to Georgetown College.

In explaining why she chose Georgetown, she said: “I have no idea to be honest. I got equal scholarship money from both Georgetown and Transylvania but when I auditioned for the music department at Georgetown I just liked the faculty and the location of the school better.”

Originally a Music minor as a freshman, Snyder quickly decided that music was too big of a passion of hers to take a backseat in her life. She switched to being a Music Education major so that she could fully explore her love of music and one day share it with students.

Following graduation, Snyder isn’t entirely sure what she’s going to do, but regardless, she is looking forward to it: “I am sad at times about graduating and melancholic about my memories and time at Georgetown, but I am also ready to graduate and start working or go to graduate school. I have no idea what I will do after I graduate, whether I will get a teaching job right away or if it might take some time. I am unsure and open for whatever might come my way.”

Snyder, who proclaims that she honestly doesn’t even know what her dream job would be, currently plans to reside in Lexington with her husband after graduation until life takes them both in a different direction.

This relaxed attitude is very indicative of Snyder’s relationship with her husband. For further proof of this, Snyder recounted one of her favorite memories: “Kyle and I once took a trip to nowhere. We just got in his car and drove to wherever. We took only back roads and stopped to eat at only local restaurants; it was very liberating.”

Knowing this about Snyder, it isn’t much of a surprise that her idea of a perfect day is as follows: “Waking up somewhere outside with Kyle Snyder, eating eggs and whole wheat pancakes for breakfast, hiking for two hours to some remote beautiful location where I can paint a picture and play some music with Kyle. Then driving to some old downtown area and eating at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Then finally going to see a mega-concert with the Avett Brothers, Regina Spektor and the Felice Brothers!”

That is quite the well planned day and it is quite Sable. To be honest, I don’t think I can describe her much better than that (and I was in her wedding). Still, there is one piece of the puzzle missing from that description. Snyder is very passionate about environmental issues.

To illustrate, at her Senior Recital a couple weekends ago, Snyder provided recycling bins so that guests could recycle their programs after the performance.

While we’re on this note, I think it might be a good time to work in Snyder’s advice to underclassmen: “Enjoy every single day of college. Take a lot of walks around campus. Get involved, but not too involved. Spend a lot of time with friends. Get to know people who are very different from you. Recycle and meet people from the Georgetown community; there are a lot of great people who live in Georgetown.”

It certainly seems that the great people from the Georgetown community have left their permanent mark on Snyder. Graduating from GC in May, one thing is clear—Snyder will be carrying the effects of Georgetown with her wherever she may end up: “I have changed so much since my freshman year. I think if Sable today met Sable back then she wouldn’t know what to think. Everything about me is different. The way I view the world and my spirituality have both taken radical turns, for the best I think. I know myself better now and I feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I know that some of this is simply maturity, but much of it can be related back to Georgetown and the people I have met along the way.”


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