Eminent Night and the end of the project has been a wild, stressful, but thoroughly enjoyable ride. It’s still hard to believe that this huge project that dominates most of the first term is over, but I’ve enjoyed the experience.
At the start of the year, Eminent seemed so far away. I knew that there were only a couple of months between September and the Night of the Notables, but I didn’t ever think that it would happen so soon.
Eminent Day started off slow for me. I woke up, not really comprehending what day it was. But then I remembered, and a strange feeling settled over me. It was one of nervousness, and relief at the same time. My morning was full of last-minute revisions and edits to the plans I had for my learning center, and preparing everything for the big night.
The day went by in a blur, and before I knew it the bell had rang and I was helping to set up the MPR. After the setup, I went to go prepare my learning center. For it, I had created my own version of the Rorschach test by creating shapes and figures out of blots of ink. One of the most interesting things I learned while making the test was that the shapes were completely random. I dropped ink onto paper, folded it so that the shapes formed symmetrically, but the human brain did all the rest. All the patterns and designs that people saw were entirely created by their minds, which I found fascinating to see in action.
After my learning center set up, I tested my inkblots to see what people saw, and to check for common shapes so that I might discuss them with my visitors. Some of the most common figures that people saw were animals, religious figures like angels and Jesus, and various pieces of infrastructure like jails bridges and tall office buildings.
After finishing my final research on the shapes visible in my Rorschach Test, I went around and helped people the best I could to set up their learning centers. This part of the evening went by quickly in a flurry of masking tape and paper.
After setup came dinner, and after dinner came the final preparations. Costumes were put on, lines were rehearsed one last time, and whispers of encouragement were said as visitors made their way into the MPR. Before long I was in the little green theatre room, waiting for my turn. In no time at all, my speech was over, and I was rushing up the stairs to my learning center to wait for the guests to arrive.
Staying in character for the entire evening was difficult, especially whenever someone I knew spotted me and came over to say hello. However, I managed to stay as Hermann Rorschach for the entire evening. People seemed to enjoy viewing the different shapes in the ink, and many were very curious about what role the mind played in deciding what figures would be spotted.
Eventually, the night ended, (albeit way too soon) the final cleanup was preformed, and I was in the classroom holding hands in the closing circle.
My main goal for the project was to try and have good conversations about my person and what he did, and I feel like I completed that goal. My learning center was all about people talking with me about the shapes that they saw, and I felt like that fostered a lot of interesting discussion that wouldn’t otherwise be possible with something less interactive.
Another goal I had was to create something unique for my learning center, and I feel like I accomplished that with my Rorschach test. I don’t think I’d seen something like that at last year’s Night of the Notables, and I hope to see something similar at next year’s NotN.
I’d like to finish off this post by thanking everyone involved with planning NotN. You all did a great job! I’d also like to say how good everyone’s speeches and learning center’s were, and to everyone who helped edit my speech, Andreas and Aileen in particular. I’m confident that next year’s event will be as amazing as this one.