UniDiary Day 22: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Where has she, um, gone?:

I’d forgotten that our normal lecturer was stepping back for two weeks. It was a wonderful surprise to arrive at my lecture and see someone else standing at the front of the room. Instead of the lady who ums, we had a serious gentleman who obviously cares about what he’s teaching… But is a bit boring in the delivery. My eyes drifted shut repeatedly, but I tried to pay attention. He referenced ‘Brecht on Theatre’ A LOT, so I went straight to the library after the lecture to borrow it. Hopefully that’ll be a bit more engaging.

I did encounter a puzzle, though. For the last few weeks, one girl has been turning up half an hour late. To basically every lesson. (And I share a LOT of classes with her). She did it again today. The door swung open, and before I even glanced over I thought, “Ah, there she is!”.

But, shock horror, she came and sat next to me. I was intrigued. Would she ask to borrow my notes? Would she ask what she’d missed at the start of the lecture?

Nope. She kept her headphones in, watching YouTube, sending Snapchats and tweeting for the twenty-five minutes she was there. Honestly, it was bloody distracting, her massive phone flashing constantly out of the corner of my eye. I was THIS CLOSE to asking why she even bothered turning up, but I didn’t.

But funnily enough…:

She didn’t attend the seminar. The seminar is only an hour after the lecture, so it’s hardly like she could have been stuck in traffic! I actually discovered today that lectures don’t count towards our attendance, either… So if she turned up for half the lesson to make sure her attendance didn’t drop, she really messed up by not going to the later lesson.

Normally, I find that the seminars drag too. Thankfully, because ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ interests me more than ‘A Doll’s House’ does, I was hyper motivated. I was paired up with a girl I’d never talked to before, but she had some really great insights. Discussing Brecht’s ‘A Short Organum for the Theatre’ (one of the essays featured in ‘Brecht on Theatre’), she made some points I hadn’t considered. I love learning from the people around me, so it was a brilliant hour.

We have to decide between ‘A Doll’s House’, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ and ‘Top Girls’ (by Caryl Churchill) to focus on for our assignment. At the moment, I’m leaning towards ‘…Arturo Ui’, because Brecht fascinates me. Sadly, the questions about ‘A Doll’s House’ are far more interesting, so we’ll see! (Who knows, I might end up choosing ‘Top Girls’! We haven’t studied that one yet, but I read it before coming to university and really enjoyed it).

The rest of the day:

I’ve been – surprisingly – relaxing. Mum and I have been playing online games together. I thought about writing my essay on ‘The Imitation Game’… But it’s hard to find the motivation. Because it’s not something I want to do – or something I chose to study – it seems like a waste of valuable time. (Funny, when I’ve let myself have the afternoon off, but everyone needs time for themselves and I worked ALL weekend). I’ve read a few journal articles, but other than that? Nada.

Ideally, I’ll be finishing it on Friday. That way I won’t have to worry about working while I’m home for the weekend. I wrote this week’s creative writing assignments earlier today, so I can do those on Tuesday next week… But the essay is due in on Monday, so I certainly can’t do that on Tuesday!

I’ll try and make a solid start on it tomorrow. It shouldn’t be this difficult to motivate myself to write 800 words.