I just turned in the take-home part of my PhD qualifying exams and have thus ended a summer of endless studying and stress. I don’t know how to convey clearly what the process is like to people unfamiliar with grad school, but it involved having to know basically ALL of social psychology (even stuff I hadn’t learned before) and remembering lots of studies and citations, but also thinking about it all on a deeper level. And then writing 6 essays in 4 hours, and 2 longer ones over the course of a week. But now that part is done, thank goodness. Huzzah!
Anyway, my partner and I have been working on some new smooth routines recently, which have been really fun and energizing. In the past I was always sort of afraid of smooth (not that I’m not now) because it’s more independent and expressive than standard, two things that I feel aren’t really in my comfort zone. Separate me from a partner and I go into “oh no, what is happening now” mode sometimes. We haven’t done Viennese yet, but I wanted to share this lovely routine by one of my favorite smooth couples, Jonathan Roberts and Valentina, though their partnership was rather short-lived (but very accomplished!)
Bonus video. Watch for the amazing standing spin around 1:20. Sorry for the blurry quality.
Happy back-to-school season for the students (and parents) out there!