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Hey all! The day finally came. Graduation. Short term flew by and now I am entering the “real world.”

The last month has been a whirlwind. It was full of final experiences: Last class, last dance, last meal in commons, last time I check my mailbox, last time I throw a frisbee in the quad, etc. At the time, I tried not to get sucked into that haunting sense of finality that these experiences often bring. Instead I tried to just embrace the moments for what they were. Honestly though, it all went by so fast that I didn’t have much time to process anything. It felt like one morning I woke up and was a Bates College student, the next I’m waking up in my own bed at home wondering where the time went. I think I now better understand why people use clichés to describe significant moments in their lives. It’s too hard, if not impossible, to explain all the emotions and thoughts running through your mind during the college graduation experience. 

I’m sad to leave Bates behind. My experience at the school has not always been perfect, but for four years Bates was a constant in my life. It was at Bates that I was introduced to individuals who helped me grow as a student and as a person. I leave Bates with a much better understanding of myself and the world than when I entered the school four years ago.  

Bates has also helped to foster a strong sense of community that I know will serve me well as I enter the job force. I’ll be working at a charter school in Boston as an elementary school tutor, while also earning my teacher certification through a one-year program that focuses on training teachers to work in urban charter schools. I’m very excited to begin pursuing a career in education and am looking forward to being able to work with students!

Even though I have graduated, I’ll continue to blog periodically so prospective students can get a sense of what life is like for at least one Bates student after graduation. Besides, I’ve blogged since I was a freshman, writing more than 160 individual posts over the years… I may no longer be a student, but it’s kind of become a habit. For now, I’ll leave you all with some pictures from graduation. Until next time…

Slide show from 2011 Commencement!



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Short Term is here!

Hey all. It’s that time of year again… Short Term! 

After completing my thesis, I still had three papers to work on before I could head home for spring break. The first was for my Latin American history class. The course focused specifically on Latin American independence, and in the final paper we were asked to discuss whether independence brought about significant change to Latin America, or whether there was a more gradual shift from colonial rule to national sovereignty. I concluded that when we talk about change we have to talk about what type of change and for whom. Things changed really differently for the indigenous population in comparison with the elite Creole population, so I tried to center my arguments on the nuanced evolution of change in Latin America during the independence period.

Okay, I just read that back and it sounds a little boring. I swear it’s a readable paper and makes sense. As a history nerd, I think I have a tendency to delve a bit too deeply into a paper like this. If you’re still with me, I promise to keep the other paper descriptions short!

 For my Spanish final paper, I wrote a comparative essay on two short stories that we read in class. Because the course emphasized race, afro-spirituality and Catholicism in the Caribbean, I decided to write my paper on the construction and development of character identity in these stories and on how those characters represented the larger picture of the development of national identity in the Caribbean (in Cuba, specifically).

I also focused on identity in my final English paper. In this assignment, I looked to two short stories by Sherman Alexie and Junot Díaz to compare how identity was formed, molded and manipulated through narrative voice.

Anyway, you probably didn’t need to hear the long rambling descriptive explanations of my final papers, but I hope it interested some of you. As you can see from the varying topics I wrote about, each Bates class provides you with an opportunity to focus in on and tackle some really cool, unique and interesting material. 

Anyway, after finishing up the papers, I headed down to Florida for a fun week in the sun with some friends and in just a few short days, Short Term begins. I am taking a class titled “Gender and Tobacco.” I’ll have more information as soon as I take my first class. It’s a Women and Gender Studies (WGS) course and I’m really looking forward to it!

Until next time… 

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Thesis Complete!

Hey all. It’s currently just after 3:30 in the morning here at Bates. I’ll admit, it’s a fairly odd time to blog, but I have important news to announce – I have finally completed my senior thesis!

Thesis is due tomorrow by 5 p.m. but I figured I might as well stay up tonight to put in my final edits. I don’t have any class tomorrow so I can sleep in peace before handing in this culminating project of undergraduate study. I’ve worked on this thesis for the past 3+ months, so it’s exciting to reach the end of the process. The thesis itself it just under 60 pages, not quite as long as some of my classmates’ year-long projects, but certainly nothing to be ashamed of. I think it came out quite well.

My topic focused on a slave conspiracy/uprising in colonial New York City, as well as on race and class relations in the city. The topic was an exciting one, full of entertaining anecdotes about mysterious fires, ridiculous testimony and plenty of courtroom drama. Even though the editing was tedious at times, I never got sick of researching or writing. Ultimately, my research helped me discover fascinating information about not only race but also class, gender and social hierarchies of power.

I wish I had more time to expand upon this thesis, but for now it’s time to get some much needed rest. In a few days, I’ll fill you all in with what I’ve been up to the last few weeks (besides thesis!). I’ve dragged myself away from my books for some cool lectures, presentations and even a local hockey game. More to come on all of that in the near future.

I’m three papers away from Short Term and the final stage of my undergraduate career. It’s hard to believe. Until next time…

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Barcelona… and more travel

Hey all. Back in Maine, Batesies have finished final exams + papers and are now enjoying a week-long spring break before short term begins. Here in Spain, I still have a few more weeks of classes before the final exam period. My time abroad forces me to miss the awesomeness that is short term but given the consistently warm weather, traveling opportunities and overall great experience I’ve been having in Sevilla for the past 3 months, I can hardly say I’m suffering.

While study abroad has provided me with an array of rewarding academic, cultural, and social experiences, I think the most exciting opportunity it has afforded me is the ability to travel. This is likely the only time in my life where I will be able to “see the world” this freely and extensively and I have been doing my best to take full advantage. Last weekend I traveled to Barcelona (see pictures below) and this upcoming weekend I am heading to Morocco with my girlfriend. We’ve been talking about this possible trip for months and now it is just a few days away.

I will do my best to post some photos when I get back. In the meantime, check out these pictures I snapped in Barcelona. For more pictures from Barcelona check back soon. Also, I added some more pictures from my trip to Salamanca, which you can find here. Until next time. Hasta Luego!

(Olympic Park just before Sunset)

(Inside the cloisters of the Cathedral)

(View of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea from Gaudi’s Park Güell)

(La Sagrada Família; Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece)

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Major Blog Update…

Hey all. I know I blogged yesterday but thought you should all know that I did a major update of the blog today. More short term ’09 pictures have been added along with videos of the 2009 Commencement Speeches, concerts from throughout the year at Bates, and more. Be sure to check out the ‘Bates Student Voices’ page to hear graduating seniors reflect on their experiences at Bates. 

All pictures and videos can be found by clicking the ‘Pictures from Bates’ and ‘Bates Video’ tabs at the top of the page. You can also access them from the toolbar on the right. Until next time… here is a sneak peek of what the pages have to offer:

CNN Analyst and Columnist Fareed Zakaria speaks at 2009 Commencement:

Graduating senior Anne Mueller reflects on her time at Bates:

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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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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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