So Long 2020, Hello 2021!
Let's be real, 2020 was...a lot. From the pandemic to the election, to online learning and murder hornets, every month seemed to be a new level of Jumanji. However, we have made it. We have pushed through and made it to a new, with new possibilities and memories. And though 2020 has given me great lessons and experiences, I am looking forward to this new year and for what it holds.
And what am I doing this new year? Well for starters, I will soon be traveling to campus for the winter term. I am excited to see both the new friends I made last term, and my friends that I haven't seen since the Fall or Winter term in my freshman year. I am also happy to walk around Dartmouth, doing homework in the East Asia Room in the Baker Library Stacks, and grabbing lunch at Tuk Tuk or Han Fusion.
I am also excited about my three classes this term. Since students do not have to declare their major until the end of their second year, I have spent a good amount of time contemplating what major I want to do. I believe I have narrowed it down to a double major in History and English with a potential minor in Quantitative Social Science. Because of this, I am taking a class that corresponds to each of these fields of study. For my History course, I will be taking a course called "Early Modern Europe" which, as the name suggests, will be diving deep into one of the most influential periods in European history. It is also a very small class, with less than 10 people including the Professor and me. My second class also has a small class, and it is called "Dave the Potter: Slavery Between Pots and Poems". This English class looks at the poetry of a slave potter named David Drake. This class goes over poetry, Black history, and pottery; I'm excited!
My final class is "Quantitative Political Analysis", which is a government statistics class. I wanted to take this class to see if QSS would be a good minor for me. I am excited to learn more about this topic, and regardless if I decide on this minor or not, I will acquire a lot of useful knowledge!
Regarding clubs, I am excited to grow in fellowship with those in the Christian Union and to continue our Bible studies and weekly Vine meetings. Some of those in CU I haven't seen since the pandemic started, so I am looking forward to seeing them again! I am also writing an article for Apologia, which is the Christian thought magazine on campus. My topic is looking at a specific set of Psalms and seeing how they relate to call-out culture on campuses. Fingers crossed it turns out well!
All in all, this is going to be a good term. And in a few days, I will be able to write this blog right next to a window in Baker, looking over the cold and beautiful campus! Until next time!