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Seniors of CPS: Erin S.


Erin S., Senior – Interview conducted by Joseph Shelby


Tuesday, February 7th, 11:04: With students rushing to the library or chatting with friends, it seems like just another classic day on campus. As I observe the progression of this painfully standard day, she breaks through the crowd, ready to begin her interview. I click record. “Welcome Erin.” The interview has begun…


Joseph:

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, which song would you choose?


Erin:

I’m going to go with a cop out, 4’33 by John Cage. It’s just silence.


Joseph:

Really? You don’t want a walk in song?


Erin:

Yeah, I don’t really want one.


Joseph:

Okay, well alright, now that I think about it, if it’s just silence, then it’s just going to be normal, so I’m going to say everything becomes silent, so the entire room just becomes silent. It’s like you’re no longer passing into it unnoticed, but you’re making an impact.


Erin:

You know what, I really like that.


Joseph:

What is something unique about you that your classmates might not know?


Erin:

I don’t know, I don’t think I’m terribly unique, but a cool fun fact about me is that I was asked to play softball for the Korean national team. I didn't do it, but I was asked, and I think that’s cool.


Joseph:

Do you play softball competitively?


Erin:

Not anymore.


Joseph:

So what was the process of, like, a national team reaching out to you?


Erin:

Yeah, so the Korean national team is actually in horrible shape. I just trained with someone who knew someone, and they were just desperate.


Joseph:

Well, I mean, I think you must have been pretty good.


Erin:

I just played softball. That was the only requirement. I think the last time they competed internationally, they got a bunch of ice hockey players and made them play so…


Joseph:

I don’t know, that seems like a pretty unique situation to me. Alright, next question. Looking back at your experience at CPS, what is something you will never forget? So this could be an event, experience, memory, maybe people.


(silence)


Joseph:

I realize it is a pretty weird question, given that you’ve been here for four years.


Erin:

Yeah, I also have a really bad memory with this kind of stuff. Honestly though, Freshmen orientation in, like, May of eighth grade.


Joseph:

Can you describe it at all? We did ours online, so I have no idea.


Erin:

Yeah, it was just everyone on the music lawn in a circle. Chabon also gave us a speech about like, how great it is that we’re going to come to the school and whatnot. It’s just something that comes to mind and that I can pick out from the past four years.


Joseph:

What are you looking forward to in the future? So this could be college, or maybe you’re doing something else, or maybe it’s something this year.


Erin:

Um, short term, I have a couple concerts lined up that I’m excited for.


Joseph:

What do you do for the concerts like do you sing? Do you play music?


Erin:

I meant going to the concerts, but I also have concerts where I play music, so I’m excited for those as well. So in like a couple of weeks I’m going to Turnstile, and in May I’m going to Death Grips. I’m really excited.


Joseph:

Okay, so you said you have multiple answers, so what else?


Erin:

I’m also excited to go to a new place and just spend time wherever I choose to go to college.


Joseph:

Okay, it seems like you’ve got an exciting time planned. If you could say thank you to one room at CPS, which one would it be?


Erin:

One room?


Joseph:

Yup.


Erin:

The little practice room in the music building. I don’t know, I just think it’s a really nice spot, so thank you music room.


Joseph:

That’s a really good spot. It’s the perfect type of quiet. Okay, well that’s the interview. Thanks for coming down.


Erin:

No problem.

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