Academics

Quantifying Greek Values

This semester I'm taking SOC-100, the introduction to Sociology class. This is another chance for me to sample one of The College's brand new professors before I leave. It's being taught by Dr. Scott Draper, and to my satisfaction we've already dived into the methodological staples of sociology.One of the assignments I'm currently writing up is a mini-quantitative study. We were asked to deal with a question regarding gender and being a Greek student, I found this an easy chance to answer some of my curiosities about my campus.

PEAK planning

I’ve spent a good part of my weekend working on my PEAK map. I already know I want to be a Math/Physics major, with a Dual-Degree Engineering minor. My other two minors are a little bit problematic. I’m having a hard time deciding between all of my options. I’m looking at Interactive Journalism, Psychology, Spanish Foundations, Anthropology/Sociology, and Computer Science and am honestly wishing that I could just do them all. Obviously, that is not very practical. I guess I should have spent a little bit more time in high school seriously considering what I wanted to do with my life.

The Last Semester Ever

It has begun, the last semester of my undergraduate life. It is a scary thought, a very scary thought. So scary in fact that I do not want to think about it. Not one little bit. What will I do after college, I have no idea. And that in itself is also quite scary. So for now I am not going to focus on that, instead I will attempt to focus on the scary pile of homework, which I will have to get through tonight.

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Prestissimo

This weekend, C of I's Chorale was invited to perform at the Morrison Center with the Boise Philharmonic and Master Chorale. It's the second year in a row that we've performed at this venue with such talented company, and it's a great honor. This year, the honor was even greater than last year ... but I'm struggling on how to describe why this is so.

Cake on Campus

Sunday is always homework day for me. I get a late breakfast, wrap up a pastry or two into a napkin, run back to my room to pack up my bag and then head over to KAIC to get down to business. Today that means editing my friend’s personal statement for a summer internship application, reading act one of The Merchant of Venice, reading a case study for economic development in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and maybe some French online homework. It’s a pretty light homework weekend, which is fairly unusual at C of I, so I’m savoring it.

Surviving Statistics

PSY-310: Applied Statistics & Behavioral Methods, is the first and last class I’ll take with Dr. Lauren Brewer. The newest member of C of I’s Psychology faculty, I first met Dr. Brewer last spring as she was interviewing for her position at the College. In the first few lectures of the class, her passion for statistics as a tool to help scientists answer questions has come across strongly.  

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Hey, I Know You!

A lot has been said about how close knit C of I students are as a community, but I don't think it really clicked for me just how close we really are until this week.

Books Books Books

It’s been a good first week back. I’ve been doing a lot of reading; I’m 262 pages into The Life of Charlotte Bronte, and 181 pages into First, Do No Harm. These books are for my lit class on the Bronte sisters and for Bioethics, respectively. Aside from those two, I’ve had passages from Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, and Ovid for my Money in Literature class, plus a chapter or two from my Economic Development text. So far, the only class I have not been assigned reading is French, which is a relief, seeing as my French vocabulary is very much that of a one semester student.

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Little Choir in a Hurry, Full of an Important Worry

Even though Winter Term has passed and the week break leading to Spring Term is almost complete, I didn't exactly feel like I was out of classes. Sure, my Philosophy and French classes were both completed and their final grades tabulated, but instruction wasn't complete for the students of the Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Sleeping in was a luxury we couldn't afford this past week, and for good reason--the fate of our trip to New York rested on our mastery of Eric Whitacre's "little man in a hurry."

Almost Time to Get Moving

Between Christmas break, my London trip, and winter break, I haven’t been in real school for about two months. But that’s about to change—on Monday I’ll start in on 16 credits and pick up my other responsibilities again.

I’ve been elected as the vice president-standards for my sorority, which is about the equivalent of being chief justice of Judicial Board, but specifically for the C of I KKGs. Starting on Tuesday, I’ll start back up with Ambassador Council, so I’ll be marching around campus in a purple polo shirt with prospective students in tow.

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