Name: Maura Kanter

Year: Class of 2017

Majors: History, Theatre Studies minor

Hometown: San Diego, CA

A Day in the Life

Most of my days begin after pressing snooze at least 3 times on my alarm before finally getting out of bed. As I am entirely addicted to caffeine, my morning routine must include some form of coffee. On this particular day of the week, Tuesday, I am headed to my first class, Myth in Classical Art which begins at 10:30. This class is a wonderful amalgam of Greek mythology, archaeology, and the classics. Most of our discussions center around Professor Shapiro’s powerpoint of Classical vases which depict mythological scenes. At 11:45 I usually head to lunch with my friend who is in that class with me. Thankfully, the Chowhound food truck is in it’s customary position on 33rd St. which means we are getting burgers and splitting truffle fries. These burgers refuel your soul as much as your stomach.

Seeing as I don’t have class or work until 3:00, I let my food-baby relax while I try to get in some research for my Sophomore thesis. I am arguing that Lady Macbeth’s identity as a thoroughly Medieval Scottish Queen, paired with the decidedly Early Modern figures surrounding her, allow for the abstruse nature of her character. There are so many elements to my thesis that I have to spend a great deal of my time reading. Thankfully I like my topic so I don’t mind all the reading I have assigned for myself. By 2:45 I am on my way to my second class of the day, Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures. This class is one of my distribution classes. It’s taught through the Civil Engineering Department, but is heavily influenced by Art History and History, which makes it particularly well suited for a History and Theater person such as myself. On this class I am turning in our fifth homework assignment. We were made to examine the structural elements, and integrity, of some bridges using this computer program called Mastan. After studying the three given bridges, we created our own individual bridges, ran the same analyses on our design, and saw how it stood up to elemental forces. My bridge actually fared pretty well, which is exciting for someone who had just learned how to use the software.

This class Professor Shaffer began class by showing us a hysterical video of John Oliver ranting about the state of the United States’ infrastructure. After that, we talked about the evolution of engineering and architectural styles in Chicago from the World Exhibition in the 30’s, to the building of the John Hancock Center in the 60’s. This class ends at 4:15, after which I run back home to eat some dinner quickly before heading out at 5:00 to meet my friend to warm up for our Musical Theater class which meets at 6:00. In this class we are given songs and characters to explore and perform. This class I am singing “A New Life” from Jekyll and Hyde, “Freddy My Love” from Grease, and I am singing smaller parts in two songs from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. After everyone in our class sings their songs, and all the group songs are performed, I run right to rehearsal at 8:30 for the Barnstormer’s musical.

This year we are putting on Stephen Sondheim’s Company. It is such an extraordinary show and I am very excited to be playing Joanne. Tonight I am running through one of my songs, “Ladies Who Lunch,” and the cast rehearses some of our group songs and blocking. Rehearsal doesn’t last terribly long, only until 10 which means I have plenty of time to get in some more research for my thesis. On Wednesdays I only have one class, the Undergraduate Seminar in History, which is the class in which we work on our theses, so I don’t have to do any additional work the night before. I do have to get up early to give an Information Session for Undergraduate Admissions, so I don’t want to go to sleep too late, and after such a long day, I easily relax into reading a book for fun before going to bed.