This is posted on what was the advising board on 3rd floor Ridgeway.
Biology 102 Field Trip - Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology
Just because it’s spring break does not mean the homework is over. Hate to say it. However, this little trip on the Red Line was a great learning experience not just for myself as a visual learner, but for the entire class who needed a break from our ordinary lab rooms.
This museum, located on 26 Oxford Street Cambridge, really gives the big picture when it comes to the science of evolution with not just humans, but with arthropods, butterflies, birds, apes, giraffes - you name it, they have it. All of these skeleton remains have been collected by Harvard science nuts who crave the further discovery of evolutionary remains. Imagine seeing the human skeleton as it is now and the remains of our ancestors as we compare ourselves to apes and fossil remains. Pretty interesting stuff.
The museum is $7 for college students and is open every day except major holidays. On Sundays from 9am to 12pm and Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm the museum is completely free so I think that’s the best time to visit if you’re looking to save money and learn a little.
I’m not a science girl, not in the slightest. I’m thanking the credit gods above that I never have to take another math/economics related class again, but interactive stuff and virtual learning settings are a great opportunity to open yourself to news experiences. So if you and your roommate have nothing to do and thought about visiting Harvard Square, take a trip down past the yard. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
Good morning Boston!
Interviewing people on the streets of East Boston, Near Boston Public Library and even some Medford about what they would like for Christmas and the holidays this year. I know I might consider some of these gifts ;)
It’s so strange to realize that this Thursday is Thanksgiving. I remember last year I used Thanksgiving break as a sort of check point to how close winter break is. But this year it’s kind of scary to realize that winter break is right around the corner. I officially received my acceptance letter from Regents College in London the other day so if all goes according to plan I will be in England come January 19th.
This is something I have always dreamed of since I was in 3rd grade and it is finally happening. Words cannot describe how excited I am and how anxious I am to just get on that plane and let my European adventure happen but along with all of those feelings there is still part of me that doesn’t want it to happen just yet. This isn’t because I’m having doubts or anything but the idea of saying goodbye to my family, friends, and friends from Boston for 6 months is terrifying. It’s so strange to think that I won’t be able to leave my apartment and visit my friends down the hall anymore, when this is something I did multiple times a day. Thankfully they have all been so supportive of me and understand that this is my dream. But that’s not going to make goodbye any easier. I have spoken to some upperclassmen who studied abroad in the past two years and hearing their stories have really helped. Getting homesick or even a little terrified is totally normal for anyone about to live in a different country for 6 months but they were able to give me tips on how to handle it. The main thing is to remember why I’m there. Yes, I’m going to get homesick but that should in no way stop me from exploring London or Europe in any way…that’s the whole reason I’m going. There’s also always skype and phonecalls to loved ones back home but chances are pretty good I’ll be making some really good friends while I’m over there who can help me and I can do the same for them.
Besides missing people, I really could not be more excited. My roommate and incredibly close friend is going to be studying in Italy at the same time and we have already discussed when and where we want to meet up. I have a list of countries and tourist attractions that I can’t wait to check off my bucket list like climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It’s going to be a life changing experience and I can’t wait to just let it happen.
As I have mentioned before I am planning on studying abroad in London spring semester. When I was talking to some upperclassmen who had studied in London last year I learned about a flamenco course offered in Madrid during three weeks of the summer. Now I am in love with travel and want to do as much as humanly possible when I am abroad so instantly I was intrigued. It is a theater course so it also occured to me that I might be able to knock out some requirements from my minor and it was absolutley amazing that it would be flamenco because ever since I saw Ava Gardner dance it in “The Barefoot Contessa” I have put it on my bucket list to learn. Upon further investigation I learned that unfortunatly the course will not be offered this summer. At first I was really bummed but then I opened my Suffolk email to find an email entitled “Intern in Madrid this Summer.” I am a huge believer in fate and started to think hey if I can’t do flamenco at least look at some other options, other courses and maybe even an internship.
Suffolk Career Services has advertised the importance of internships since orientation so it has always been something on my mind. Internships offer an absolutely amazing opportunity to get hands on experience in your future career choice. It is a huge signal to future employees that “hey I have worked in the field before, I enjoyed it, and I know what I’m doing.” It also is really helpful to students because it can give you a heads up if for some reason the career that you chose isn’t the one for you. I went to the information session offered by the Study Abroad Office Madrid advisor Melanie. Melanie explained how many internships opportunites are available in Madrid from everything from communications and journalism to philosophy and womens studies. You work 32 hours a week with Friday’s off. Similar to many other internships it is unpaid. The cost of all of it had not been finalized yet. Overall it sounded like a really great opportunity to get into an amazing city and get real life experience in your major. Unfortunatly for me because of my specific major and the fact that I will already be spending quite a bit on study abroad I do not see myself interning in Madrid this summer but who knows what could happen in the future! I definitly see myself interning somewhere, I love travel, so why not combine the two?
Last week I attended the free and open to all movement workshop offered by Suffolk University’s Theater Department. Now I am in now way a dancer of any kind and sometimes cannot even master the simple act of walking (I tend to trip a lot) so when I saw that a movement workshop I am not going to lie, I just kept on walking. I didn’t really think it could offer or teach me anything. I thought I was a lost cause and would be seriously out of place amongst trained and seasoned professional dancers. I was incredibly wrong.
After thinking about it and talking it about it at rehearsal for Doctor Faustus and in my acting class, I realized that movement is a huge part of theater. Whether it is just walking, everything about a character you are playing is unique. The walk of an Emperor is incredibly different when compared to the walk of a bashful five year old and it is important to not only be able to understand this but to also be able to perform it. So I went with my friend who is similar to me in….movement “talents.” I was so surprised to see how many people showed up to workshop which was taught by the mentor of a theater professor. Not everyone there was even involved in theater, some were just communication or public relations major who realized how important their movement is, how it can convey strength and authority. It was a basic workshop with stretches that any beginner could do. We worked in pairs and groups so no one was singled out. It was a great way to meet new people and work on something pretty cool. We were taught a very basic dance routine which we performed with a partner to some fast paced and upbeat music. The instructor was incredibly patient and helpful and just had fun with it which made everyone in attendance just relax and automatically loosen up. Refreshments and donuts were also offered so we had something to enjoy after working up an appetite.
After I attended this workshop I actually began to see how my movement changed at rehearsal and how it even changed in everyday life because I learned what certain movements conveyed. Overall it was actually a great time that even a two left feet beginner like me could enjoy.
Fall by the Public Garden