Monthly Archives: May 2009

Last Week of Sophomore Year…

Hey all. Hard to believe it is the last week of short term already. The year has flown by and this final week of classes has really snuck up on me. I will save the ‘end-of-the-school-year reflective blog’ for another day (I will be blogging throughout the summer so stay tuned) but for now will just share some general Bates short term news.

In terms of academics, I have been keeping busy with reading for my short term class (Introduction to Historical Methods). The course has been extremely informative and, as a history major, has taught me a lot about proper research and citation techniques while also providing me with an understanding of the pitfalls that historians must avoid while studying and writing about history.

Outside of the classroom I have filled my days relaxing by the puddle, unwinding at the beach, playing IM flag football, throwing a baseball around, and generally chilling out and reflecting on another great year at Bates.

Read more about some cool short term offerings here.

Until next time… I’ll be enjoying my last week as a college sophomore. 

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Popham Beach Trip

Hey all. Short term has been going quite well. I thought I’d pass on these photos I took from a trip to Popham Beach with a group of friends last friday. It’s hard to believe short term is over in less than two weeks:

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One Life After Bates…

Hey all. Saw this story on the Bates website which is really cool: Batsie Tyler Fish (’96), along with friend John Huston just became the first Americans in history to ski unsupported to the North Pole. On April 25th, after sleeping just 3 hours during the prior 66 hours, Fish and Huston reached the North Pole after 55 days of traveling together unassisted. The two undertook the trip to help raise awareness for the non-profit organization, CaringBridge. 

People say that many Batsies are outdoorsy but this takes it to a new extreme. Read the Bates story here. Check out a map of their journey here. Check out a blog they kept documenting their travels here.

Below is a picture with Bates grad Tyler Fish (’96) on the right. Until next time…

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Short Term…

Hey all. I apologize for not blogging much lately. Between finals week, spring break, and transitioning into short term, things have been a bit hectic in the last couple of weeks. With that justification out of the way…

Short term is now in full swing and I am enjoying every minute of it (For more information on short term check out Bates’ explanation of short term and a blog about my short term experience last year).  My course is called ‘Introduction to Historical Methods’ which is a required course for all history majors. So far we have read two books about how historians approach history and most of our class discussions have focused on the ‘What is History?’ question. The class meets 3 hours a day, 4 days a week and the workload is completely manageable. As a self-proclaimed history nerd, I am enjoying the class and all the abstract conversations about history.

Outside of class I have been keeping busy playing IM flag football (3-0 so far but my team has a tough game tonight!), going to Range Pond (beach about 20 mins from campus), doing some light volunteer work, and catching up on some pleasure reading. All in all, short term continues to be just as relaxing and rewarding as last year.

Speaking of reading, former-Batsie Elizabeth Strout (’77) just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Read about it here. Until next time…

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