Journal, Movie Review

Summa, Magna, what’s the difference?

Today marks the end of my undergraduate academic classes! That is to say, today was the last day of classes. Finals are coming up fast (first one on Thursday), but each test brings me closer to graduation. ^_^ WEE! It’s a little scary, but at the same time, it’s going to be great. I am really looking forward to it.

Today was pretty straight forward. I went down to lunch with Andy to see Pam, though she scolded me awfully for being so elusive this year (I can’t help it! I don’t have the meal plan, and the cafeteria food isn’t that good! ^_^). Then Andy and I got our regalia. Oh! Little story about that. So, me and Andy get our medals for summa and magna cum laude respectively (mine is gold and his is silver), and as we’re walking back to his place, I’m looking at the words on my medal and it says “Magna Cum Laude.” But it’s gold. Hmm. So we go back to the Campus Center, just to ask and see if that was normal (since I didn’t know whether or not I’d always have to explain to people who saw it that “yes, I was Summa not Magna” that whole thing). Well, it turns out there are a couple different KINDS of Magna Cum Laude medals, and apparently I just got one of the gold ones by accident. So they got me a gold Summa Cum Laude medal. Then ANDY, wanting to steal my thunder, decided to see if they’d swap his silver Magna for the gold Magna I had had. They said sure. So now he’s all excited because no one from a distance will be able to tell that HE isn’t Summa Cum Laude, too. Though I definitely rubbed in the fact that mine actually SAYS “Summa Cum Laude” on it, and his–though gold–still says “Magna Cum Laude.” Splitting hairs, perhaps, but I worked darn hard for that Summa! ^_^ Actually, I didn’t. I didn’t even think about it until we had to start getting regalia stuff. XD! But still! I wanted the gold medal, but I’m cool with him sharing the ore. Whatever–he’s in science anyway, so he probably did more work than I did, even if he DID write fewer papers. ^_^

Then I went to class–all very pointless, in a lot of ways. Mostly reviewed stuff, but we generally got out early. Then after class, Andy and I got wings and went up to the Humanities building where one of my professors was going to be showing Ulysses: the Movie (from James Joyce’s Ulysses, which if you’ve ever read you would know why even the concept of a movie based on this book makes NO sense at all, and even if you haven’t read it, you know it now). It was…bizarre to say the least. I stand by my original thought while reading the book: “Now here at last is a book they CAN’T make a movie of.” As far as I’m concerned, they still can’t. I can only imagine how fast James Joyce must be spinning in his grave over this one. XD!

And that’s about it for today! I’m just going to chill out and relax for a while, and tomorrow, I’ll crack the books and begin studying.

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