My apologies, dear readers, but all this time I haven’t been honest with you. No matter how truly interested the Americans I met seemed to be, I always politely smiled and then told them my lies for coming to Linfield for one year: I didn’t want to go to one of the universities back home straight after high school. I liked the American system of campus life and the variety of course options. Then there was the location with Portland and the ocean nearby, and San Francisco relatively not so far away at all. Blah, blah, blah — all true, but never the main reason for my stay.
I am about to reveal my secret mission to you.
The American music industry is one of the biggest in the world, and that was particularly appealing to me when I was a little 14-year-old with only one goal in life: making my favorite Dutch artist world famous. I was in my room, listening to my favorite song, when I came to the conclusion that I was the only one that could help her: I had to fly away to the U.S. as soon as I was old enough and promote her music. Now that I am finally here, I have to admit that the relevance of this goal has decreased to me a little over the years (and perhaps I had not thought about my mission at all, until this weekend).
I was camping at the Oregon coast, and while I was admiring the beauty of my surroundings, I suddenly realized that the moment wouldn’t be so perfect if I wasn’t accidently listening to “Anouk” on my iPod. A day later I am studying in the grass, extremely moody because of the lack of sleep I had this weekend, and it is again “Anouk’s” singing in my ears that is comforting me. For all those complicated puberty-moments that you were always there for me: Anouk, I now reward you with this free advertisement on The Linfield Review website, to reach millions of new potential fans. It’s the least I can do.
Dear co-students, with great pride I introduce to you the female love of my life: “Anouk” and her 1997’s “Nobody’s wife.”
Doris ter Horst
Columnist Doris ter Horst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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