Student Profile: Jessica Bloom
If you were to take a peek into the room of Jessica Bloom, for this is where the majority of her life outside of St. John’s is played out, and if you happened to visit on one of the rare moments when she wasn’t studying, you might catch her drinking a cup of tea. She mostly drinks tea while sitting in an oversized, unfashionably pastel-pink armchair. She prefers oolong tea for daily drinking or, occasionally, a good, traditionally brewed Chai, and when the mood takes her a good old fashioned Twinings’ English Breakfast with cream and sugar (for Twinings was the first tea-vendor to sell tea to English women, you know). And perhaps, if you were to look into the stuff of her thoughts (and again, if you were to catch her mind reaching beyond the program), she might be dreaming about traveling. And even though you might remind her that she recently returned from a year-long trip to Greece and Germany, through France and the Czech Republic, she would tell you, if pressed, that those memories seem very removed from her life and were not nearly enough, that traveling requires the constant practice of dreaming of it. Or perhaps, if she were not dreaming of places she has not yet seen, she’d be thinking of her home back in Michigan and how good it would be to eat real food for once. And upon a further chance, if you happened not to catch her dreaming over a cup of Earl Grey, you might catch her reading; reading children’s stories, Thomas Mann because the name Magic Mountain caught her fancy, or all of Jane Austen because one cannot live without her. In any case she would tell you, in her defense, that reading must always remain pleasant and not a task. Generally, you would also be greeted with the sounds of Rachmaninov, of Mozart, of Beethoven and Schumann and Chopin and, of course Bach. And when not on her unpleasantly pink armchair she might be dancing, taking an occasional photo, tending to her beloved plants, writing, or drawing. Or she might not be in her room at all.
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