This past fall semester was a busy one academically, and I learned a lot from my classes and from working with my professors. I took two amazing art classes in digital imaging and casting in sculpture. I gained skills working with bronze, aluminum, and mold-making materials and learned how to use important computer design applications like Photoshop. These classes taught me a lot about technique, and I hope to continue to pursue these materials in my upcoming work. My other classes, a gender studies course on feminist theories and an anthropology course on evolution, taught me how to better conceptualize and examine both topics through labs and written work. All of my professors were amazing, providing high-quality material and guiding me throughout the semester.
My final class was for credit in aiding a research project in the sociology department with Dr. Lamont. I helped her organize and write conclusions to interviews we had conducted the previous year and gained experience identifying codes and translating them into concise results. It was a great experience to work on research on campus, and I learned a lot from the process. I submitted a proposal for our research to a regional conference, as well as a panel proposal on research being conducted with other gender studies students, and will be presenting both in the spring in Clemson, South Carolina.
Outside of my classes, I've been working in Food Services on campus and also experiencing apartment life. It has been great to be able to cook and prepare food and have my own kitchen space. Madeline and I lived together, and I had a lot of fun having movie nights and cooking with her. We also were able to sign up to foster an adorable cat named Luca! (Heads up, if anyone wants a loving and sweet, senior cat, he is up for adoption. Please contact me!) Overall, last semester I learned a lot about balancing academics, social life, and self-care, and I plan to continue to work on building that harmony throughout this coming semester.
Written by: Sope Kahn
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- Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies (BA) and www. gws.appstate.edu
- Department of Sociology
- Student Employment at ASU
- Watauga Humane Society