Senior Class Series
by Abigail St. Clair Thomas

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Anastasia Vartsaba
Major: Art History

 

 

 

ASCT
What did you dream about last night?
AV
A world and series of events that were reminiscent of Mancora, this Spanish film I saw earlier last night, and my day camp experience.

 

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What are you the most afraid of?
AV
Something bad happening to my family or the people I care about.

 

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What are you secretly obsessed with?
AV
Smell. Either something intimate, such as perfume or pheromones, or a general spatial smell that can instigate a memory.

 

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What do you see here?

AV
I see a woman giving birth accompanied by two poodles on the top left and right.

 

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What got you into the most trouble as a kid?
AV
When I first moved to the States as a child from Ukraine, I could not speak any English but desperately wanted to make friends. My method: push other kids on the ground, jump on them, and kiss them. My mom was called in the first week, and I needed to find a new way.

 

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Have you done anything recently you want to remember?
AV
After going through shelves of published literature on Abstract Expressionism and phenomenology, I finally realized what I want to argue in my senior thesis.

 

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Name an activity that makes you loose track of time.
AV
Netflix

 

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What do you look at first when you wake up?
AV
The snooze button

 

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Most memorable time a person motivated you to do something?
AV
Advice I try to live by is taken from Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: “Dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.