As my last year at WashU comes to a close, I have pulled together a series of memorable photographs. Without further ado…
A couple weeks ago, I found myself checking my phone more than usual. Maybe I was homesick, and texting my friends and family seemed like a proactive way to cure loneliness. Yet, the increase in my technological habits yielded an ever-growing awareness that I was socializing with a screen. While my eyes were perpetually plastered to an artificially lit display, I was depriving myself of tactile human connection.
Wash U’s interdisciplinary education has equipped me with skills necessary to travel during my abroad experience. Each day, I use my knowledge to synthesize the plethora of new sights and cultural characteristics that I encounter. Wash U’s versatile course listings exist to nurture well-rounded students, and so, we must take advantage of all our school has to offer.
Because I am abroad, I did not have the chance to see this year’s Diwali performance. I have always been interested in the different cultural and creative groups that Wash U has to offer, so of course, I was disappointed that I could not attend. I turned to my good friend, Kriti Prasad, so I could gain knowledge about the celebration even from miles away. Below, please find my interview with her.
Now that I have officially crossed the halfway mark of my abroad semester, I feel experienced enough to relay information to the juniors who will soon venture off this coming term. The majority of my advice applies to European countries, but I have also included universal suggestions. So, without further ado…
When humans make decisions, we can’t go back in time and test the alternative options. This concept is liberating. Even if I could see what would happen if I chose a different early decision school, I honestly wouldn’t. Wash U was the right early decision school for me.
I am a firm believer that someone’s environment impacts his or her growth. Wash U has shaped not only my academic life, but also my set of values. It has certain qualities that simply do not exist at other universities.
With midterms just around the corner here in Florence (and at Wash U), I find myself seeking brightly lit cafes with free Wi-Fi for the optimal study experience. Although I enjoy these trendy atmospheres, I can’t help but wish I could transport Wash U’s reliable study spots here to Florence.
I am currently studying abroad with Sam Fox’s College of Architecture here in Florence, Italy. After living in Florence for about a month now, I am eager to share my thoughts on living abroad. I cannot think of a better place to explore the arts. Florence has quickly become my home, welcoming me into its cobblestone maze and feeding me with outrageous food. I am lucky to be here.
Before I left for school, my grand-little came to visit me in New York. While we were catching up, she referred to me as an adult. I was shocked hearing this. If someone younger than me perceives me as an adult, then I’m officially an adult, right?
This past semester, I enrolled in a class called “Design for Social Innovation.” Taught through The Sam Fox School of Art & Design, the course culminates in a month-long, open-ended project of the student’s choice. After learning about the connection between design and social change during the first half of the semester, I began brainstorming for my project.
Last weekend, I attended the Slaughter Project at the Edison Theater. The Slaughter Project, a resident dance company here at Wash U, showcases one performance each year. This specific production was lively and spirited, exploring themes of diversity, technology, mystery and corruption. After the performance, I wanted to know more about the decisions behind the unique movements I had just seen. Below, you will find an interview with Slaughter Project dancer and friend, Elle Dalconzo.
A bunch of my friends are studying abroad in Europe right now, and I see their Snapchat stories of dripping gelato cones, mouthwatering pasta plates, and rows of decadent sweets. Although I admit I am jealous, it only makes me more determined to eat the best food here at WashU. Our food, as it happens, is rated #1 out of all the colleges in America.
Towards the beginning of each semester, I tend to reflect on the past semester and set goals for the upcoming one. I do this seemingly unconsciously, often envisioning how I would like the semester to play out. With each semester comes a fresh chance to set new goals, make positive changes, and strive to be our best selves. There is no better time to consider resolutions as I settle into the first few weeks of the new semester.
Hi everyone – I can’t wait to start posting blogs for you all to read! Before I begin, I wanted to conduct a sort of “self interview” so you all could get to know a little bit about me.