Real Life “Friends”

With classes well on their way to stressing the students at the University of Missouri out, I’m just amazed at the fact that it’s already almost the third week. Time really has flown by this past year and half and it makes me wonder if I’m taking full advantage of my time here.

Before I came to college, I was told that I’d make friends that would last a lifetime. I was told that there is something different when you go away to college and make your own friends, as opposed to just being friends with everyone around you in your hometown. I grew up in a tiny hometown and everyone knew everyone. I still get made fun of when I bring friends home with me from college about how short the distance is from one end of my town to the other. With that being said, even though there wasn’t a large selection of people to become friends with, because everyone knew everyone, I still had some amazing friends that I never thought I’d drift away from. After almost two years of living away from friends back home, I can say that what I heard before I came to college was completely true. I’ve made the friends of a lifetime here at Mizzou. Though I was close with friends in high school, the friends I have here are the best friends I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without them.


One of my best friends, Reagan, and I love the show “Friends.” We often joke that she’s Monica and that I’m Rachel. She’s a complete clean freak just like Monica and though she’s not quite as crazy as Monica, she’s still always the one that makes sure that everything in our apartment is neat and clean. Don’t get me wrong, I’m clean and tidy too, just not to the extent that I can’t let something sit on the counter for more than five minutes without freaking out. She’s crazy but I wouldn’t change her for the world. Reagan is always there to listen and always knows what to say to cheer me up if I’m down. She’s one of my best and closest friends and has been ever since the second week of freshman year.


To keep with the “Friends” theme, Mandy and Caitie are a combination of Phoebe. I know that doesn’t seem fair to combine them together but it fits so perfectly. Caitie and Mandy are so much the same person that it’s scary. They’re my friends that never say no to anything, they’re always there for me as support, for a laugh or to go on cross country trips to New York to see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. These girls are crazy and wild in a perfect combination of the two. Whenever I’m with them, there’s never a dull moment and they can make me laugh hysterically with just one look. They are cooky and weird, yet lovable and kind like Phoebe.

These three girls are the greatest friends that I ever could have been blessed with. No matter what, I know that they will always be there for me for anything and everything. I love them through the good times when we’re driving through random drive-thrus and singing at the top of our lungs to the person working, and even through the bad times when we get so mad that we can barely stand to be in the same room as each other.


So, we all go perfectly together just like Monica, Rachel and Phoebe. I can’t imagine a life without my best friends.

Transitions, Transitions

Syllabus week. The first week of classes is always the easiest.

However, the transition from sitting at home doing nothing all day every day to having classes every day can be a bit overwhelming. I’m very much looking forward to this semester, though. Classes don’t seem to be too hard and hopefully they stay that way. Although school doesn’t seem to be a problem, I have a situation that makes this semester harder than before.

My car broke down at the end of last semester and I’m on the hunt for a new one. The search is coming along but not as quickly as I’d like. I’m incredibly determined to find a car that will work great with traveling back and forth from home and school throughout the semester. Hopefully everything in this situation will work out.

So, that’s my life right now: classes and a hunt for a new car.

Welcome back to Mizzou.

Choir, orchestra combine forces

The ensemble will perform together Nov. 18 in Jesse Auditorium

By Megan Suddarth

Published Nov. 16, 2010

Every year, the Choral Union, University Singers and University Philharmonic Orchestra combine forces. This week it will happen yet again.

Performing in Jesse Auditorium, these two organizations will meet on stage to perform “The Fauré Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré and “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein.

“They are two very contrasting pieces,” Director of Choral Activities Paul Crabb said. “That makes for good programming. If you have something that’s lyrical and is rather intimate, it makes sense to balance it with something that is more outgoing and more vivacious.”

The concert will feature a piece that will represent something bigger than music.

“We’re fortunate to have an eighth grade boy soloist,” Crabb said. “Bernstein wrote the part specifically for a boy’s voice and we’re fortunate to have an excellent singer available. “Chichester Psalms” ends then with all the parts, all the choir, playing and singing the same note. In essence, Bernstein symbolizes his desire for the world to live together in unity by having the choir sing the same words on the same note at the same time. It represents his idea for unity and peace in the world.”

The “Fauré Requiem” in the concert is dedicated to the late Harry Morrison who taught voice at MU School of Music and Stephens College.

“I hope that people will look at this as an honor for an important member of our communicty,” Crabb said. “The requiem is a traditional text for the dead. It’s a liturgical service from the Catholic Church and this particular setting, musically, is very positive and optimistic — Harry was an optimistic, positive person.”

Sophomore Caitlin Lukin is a cellist in the orchestra. Concert preparation has been hectic, she said.

“We’ve been practicing like crazy,” Lukin said. “We have around eight hours of practice every week usually and this week we have dress rehearsals every night.”

Senior choral member Kaitlin Foley said this concert is a little different than others she’s done before.

“The music is different, of course,” Foley said. “And this year is the first that we’ve done Hebrew in this kind of setting with the community choir and the orchestra. It’s been fun learning and trying to say the Hebrew really fast.”

Foley’s passion for singing is obvious in her everyday life.

“I love the Bernstein music so much that I listen to it in my house,” Foley said. “I really like choral singing because it always feels like super triumphant when you are in a big group of people but you’re all singing in the same way, as one massive body of sound.”

The concert series will continue next spring with another pairing of the choir and orchestra.

To Foley, the unity of the two groups is powerful.

“There’s just something about a big force of people singing altogether,” Foley said. “It’s just super moving.”