October 5, 2011
The question “tell me about yourself..” is always pretty formidable. The average person’s personality is probably too complex to be summarized by a couple words and any attempt to do so seems to misrepresent all other aspects of who they are. I could probably blog every day about who I consider myself to be and come to different conclusions (not such a bad idea, although slightly narcissistic!)
When I started this blog I was a year younger about to embark on a trip to Italy to study abroad. One year later (and some months) I still have friends who live inconveniently far away, still love guacamole, I have the same job and I am still fascinated by art & culture most days.
I have forgotten most of the Italian that I learned and have taken a much needed break from “traveling” or better described as hauling luggage on and off of airplanes and wandering foreign streets, completely lost, with no clue about how to communicate with people. To all those college students dreaming about the thrill of backing packing through Europe or whatever, its a lot less glamorous than it sounds. But do it anyways!
Anyways, back to who I am now… I am a 21-year-old student in her last year of college at DePaul University. Even though I spent the last three years memorizing paintings and researching the people who made them, I have decided that the traditional Art History track probably isn’t for me. I intend to pursue a career in Public Relations (see my post about My Dream Job) and live happily ever after. We will see how that goes. In my free time, I enjoy helping my roommate experiment with making his own beer, trying new wine, running around the city trying to find the best food or chai tea lattes, and reading the newspaper (only the Business and Dining Sections…. the hard news is usually too heartbreaking/incensing to stomach that early in the morning – or ever for that matter.) I am leaving my old “About Me,” below this in case you want to judge how much I have matured (or whatever) this year.
My name is Maryjane and I am a 20-year-old student attending DePaul University in Chicago. One of the first classes that I took in college was Italian Renaissance Art, during which I fell in love with art & culture, especially that of Italy. After taking a couple more Art History classes (Baroque Art, Art of Paris, Late Medieval Art, American Art, Art of Mexico City, etc…) I determined that life is too short to not be immersed in what you are passionate about. My major is now “History of Art and Architecture,” and although I do not consider myself to be particularly religious, I have considered a minor in Religious Studies.
Although all this academic talk sounds like it takes up a majority of my time, it actually does not. Most of my time is spent working as una impiegata (an office employee), volunteering weekly at a nursing home in the city, and cooking dinner for myself or for friends (I especially love guacamole – one of my greatest passions in life. When I asked my Italian professor the word for guacamole, she informed me that there is not one. This is one of my MAJOR concerns about being abroad for four months – no Mexican food!). I also enjoy discovering new places to eat and spending time in the city- whether that be by the beach, at friends’ houses or in the art museums. When I have the time (& money) I also enjoy visiting my closest friends who currently are spread out all over the country, in particular – Los Angeles, St. Thomas (USVI), and New York.
This blog is going to be a way to keep track of my experiences and a way to communicate with people when overseas calls are just too expensive!