Visiting Philadelphia and Preparing for Next Semester

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good New Years celebration and you’re sticking to your resolutions (if you made any!). I’ve been relaxing and preparing for second semester (and managed a visit to Philadelphia)!

Last weekend I drove down to Philadelphia to visit my friend Emma from school. I had never been before, and Emma introduced us to some of Philadelphia’s best-known sights and food, although it was pretty cold. Here I am with my roommate Elena, who made the trip up from Baltimore, eating Philly cheesesteaks (which were really good!). Shoutout to Emma and her family for hosting us and not making fun of our hats!

I have also been preparing for second semester, buying books and checking syllabi (yes, some of them are available!). This semester I am taking Music Theory 2, Teddy Roosevelt’s America (a super cool history class) and Principles of American Government in the PoliSci department. I will also be taking my Montserrat, which is philosophy based–my professor (who is a Jesuit!) will stay the same.

Although Montserrat classes last a whole year, as opposed to just a semester, usually the focus switches at least a bit. For example, last semester in my class we talked about “Degradation and Demonization” in terms of genocide, and this semester we will talk about “Reconciliation and Remembrance” with regard to similar events. So although we will continue reading a couple books from last semester, the focus of our discussions will shift.

That’s all I have for now! Be sure to check back in two weeks when I am back on the Hill!

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