Learning To Love You More




Assignment #35
Ask your family to describe what you do.

Melanie Conn
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA



I see Melanie sleeping as long as possible, getting up at 8:30 to get ready for classes, or earlier if she needs to finish a project or do some reading. Breakfast is a bowl of wheat chex and off she goes to catch the bus to North Campus. Studio classes are long--between three and six hours a day, not including her other classes. She eats lunch on North Campus in between classes, sometimes meeting one friend or another. After classes, it's back to the dorm for a short nap and dinner with Kelsey, Patty, and Rachel in the cafeteria. After dinner, there is studying or working on a project, often with Mark. It's a late night, taking breaks to socialize with friends on the hall, practice the guitar, or watch part of a movie on the laptop. Eventually bedtime arrives, usually after midnight. Her mother wishes she'd go to bed earlier.
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I believe Melanie is spending her time learning how to juggle the daily life cycle of being a college student and meeting her academic demands and learning how to be a good employee at her M-Den job. In between these 2 major responsibilities come finding time to rest, think, read, go out with her boyfriend and roommates and girlfriend and just enjoy college life and being in such great physical shape.
She is also learning how to become independent from her family that she just spent 18 years with. I am sure we all miss her (I know I do) more than she has time to miss us. Looking forward to her coming home for the spring and summer.
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When I think of what my sister, Melanie Conn, is doing at college I mainly think of art. I've heard of her schedule and all the art classes it entitles, so I have this vision of her doing art almost all the time in class. What I have to imagine, though, is what kind of art. I've seen a lot of drawings and paintings of hers, but I've also seen a surprising number of computer generated pictures, so when I think of her art I think of electronic art too. I also have an image of her being on the computer almost as often as I am, messing around with all the neat features of her mac, but also working with all the programs it has.
I don't see her running much, but I do imagine her socializing quite often. She also works a lot and I guess now plays the guitar. That's basically all I see her doing these days (along with editing my book for me), but it seems like a fun life and I can't wait for my own college experience.