First of all, I absolutely LOVE my housemates. I'm living a townhouse this year, which means I have my own room for the first time (in college, that is). Downstairs we have a kitchen and living area complete with a big table as well as a couch and some of our favorite comfy chairs. Upstairs we have a nice bathroom and each of our rooms. This year I'm living with some of my favorite people on this campus: one of my best friends Caitlin, and my friends and fellow bloggers Alex (check out her post with some awesome pictures of our house) and Lauren (who has also blogged about our house). I could not be more thankful to be living with these girls - they never fail to put a smile on my face, no matter how stressful my day has been. Hanging out with my housemates is always a highlight of my day.
|Cait, Alex, me, and Lauren|
The other psychology class I'm taking is called Practicum. While we meet for two and a half hours a week (on Monday afternoons), the majority of the work for this class takes place off-campus. Each student in the class has an internship somewhere in the Greater Burlington area. My placement is at the Winooski High School, about five minutes away from SMC. I'm working in an alternative classroom helping children who, for a variety of reasons, work better when they are in a more individualized classroom environment. Though I'm still getting used to the flow of things, I'm really enjoying this internship. I love kids and want to eventually work with them in some capacity (related to psychology, of course)!
I'm also taking two classes for my Sociology minor this semester. The first is Intro to Human Geography. After having some practice reading maps during my traveling adventures abroad, I am much more interested in where different places are. We have had two map quizzes so far (on Africa and Asia), and I'm amazed at how much more aware I now feel of places I've never been (though I know I still have lots to learn). It is also really interesting to study the relationships between people and places, and how each of these affects the other.
My final class is called Race and Ethnic Relations. I have to admit that I was pretty intimidated during the first week of this class - it seemed like it was going to require a lot of time and effort. While I think that's true, it has also been extremely rewarding already. Dr. Bhave has gotten me to look critically at how race has affected my life, especially in ways I wouldn't have considered on my own. I am very much looking forward to the rest of the semester!
Here are some highlights of my semester so far:
|One of the many beautiful trees around campus - I absolutely love red leaves!|
|Me, Cait, and our beautiful friend Sharon (who came to visit for Alumni Weekend)|
|Lake Champlain with the mountains in the distance; taken on |
the way to St. Anne's Shrine in Isle la Motte
|Sunset from the car (still pretty even through |
the traffic lights!) on the way to El Gato to celebrate
Alex's completion of the LSATs!
PS Special shout out to all the prospective students and families that will be on campus today. We're excited to welcome you!
PPS Since I listen to a lot of music (especially in the mornings - see Lauren's post about that!), I've decided to start a new feature at the end of every post: What I'm listening to now. One of my favorite bands, The Script, released a new album this week. I've had their song "Howl at the Moon" stuck in my head all week!