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The World is Your Oyster

NateHarris, Guest Writer

So this is college.

Today begins my fourth week of classes, and as such, the stress can finally kick in. Tests coming up, some tests already passing. Passing in the sense that they already occurred; whether or not they are passing in the sense of grades is dependent now solely on whether or not some higher being can forgive my sin of gluttony. I’m sorry, but you try living where there is literally an all-you-can-eat buffet twenty-four hours a day and not feel like you’ve delved into the world of obesity stock footage for 20/20. Freshman fifteen, more like freshman forty. But I digress.

If college has taught me one thing over the past near-month, it would be that there is never just one thing. The transition from elementary school to middle school introduces lockers and slightly more self-discipline. The transition to high school allowed you to eat outside and introduced the concept of school spirit. In college, you don’t have to go to class if you don’t want to (though I highly recommend you do, and if you don’t, you’ll learn…). The possibilities are nearly endless, the only thing limiting you being Georgia State Law. It’s a paid experience, and you decide what you experience.

Every day I discover something new that I never knew I had paid for with tuition. I went to the gym yesterday. Imagine anything you could want to do, and they have it in the athletic center. Full gym membership, paid for by student fees. We have a movie theater. We have ballroom dancing classes. We have students passionate about what they do, be it in their major or in the community. We have people who want to play music, and we have people who want to listen to that music. We have people who want to make the world a better place, be it through civil rights, environmental activism, helping the needy communities around us or bringing awareness to life-threatening diseases in other countries around the world. We have Athens. We have jocks, hipsters, nerds. We have stereotypes, we have cliques, but more importantly, we have the opportunity to open our eyes to the real world around us. “The world is our oyster.” Well, I for one am about to crack that baby open and do something with my life.

The key to college is to get involved, get out of your comfort zone. Do not sit in your room all day. Focus on classes, but when you have free time, let it be FREE time. Make friends, make enemies, explore the world around you, try something new. Go to a football game. Pull an all-nighter. Be the first at a dining hall. I did all of those at the same time. Be free, live life, and have fun.

It is a feeling like no other.

Go Dawgs.


(cover photo courtesy Nate Harris)


An interview with Teen Angel


Everyone who had the opportunity to see this year’s spring musical, Grease, was undoubtedly shocked and impressed by the talented Mr. Corrigan, who serenaded Lucy Brooks (JR) in the teen angel scene. This unprecedented act left some wondering how this came to be, how he managed to perform so well and what the experience was like for him. Below are Mr. Corrigan’s own words on the experience.

Mr. Corrigan stuns the crowd as Teen Angel. (courtesy Paula Ruiz)

We’re all curious; whose idea was it to feature you in the musical?

Ms. Blevins and Mrs. Jensen approached me at the start of the school year and asked me if I would be interested in playing Teen Angle in the musical. I thought it would be fun and said yes.

There is a rumor that you have prior singing experience. Is this true and, if so, would you like to elaborate?

I played saxophone in the high school band all four years: marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, and I even got to play in the pit for some of our own high school musicals. It was so much fun being a part of that. My mom played the piano for one of our church choirs and I sang with that choir through high school. I sang in the St. Brigid choir for a few years and I also sang in a barbershop chorus, Atlanta Vocal Project, for a few years too. I have always enjoyed singing but life gets in the way sometimes and I have had to say no to being a part of those groups because of the time commitment. Raising a family of three children who are all very active in sports and working a Chattahoochee take up all of my free time. So, when they asked I was really thrilled to be able to sing on the stage in a musical; something that I have never done before in my life!

As an administrator, was it weird watching your students act out situations that break pretty much every rule in the Code of Conduct?

It was weird being back stage and seeing the students walking around with those fake cigarettes. Some of the scenes were a bit racy and had some inappropriate language but nothing really overboard that made me uncomfortable. It’s all part of putting on a show, and it is almost impossible to find a totally “clean” musical/show at the high school level.


To see Mr. Corrigan perform, and the reaction of the crowd, click here.


(cover photo courtesy Paula Ruiz)