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A picture of one of the profound moments of my semester. Watching the heartbeat of this 4 day old chick embryo in Developmental Biology lab. It reminded me of how delicate and amazing life is. (Hopefully if the movie link works, you can watch it too!)

May 1, 2012

Wrapping Up: Reflections

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While I would like to say the end of the semester feels like it is coming to a calm close, I must admit that it feels more like a high speed train racing towards a brick wall without any indication of throwing on the brakes. Just today we wrapped up my Landis Program, Meals at […]

The Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia

April 18, 2012

Exploring ‘Other’ at the Mutter Museum

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Today my Developmental Biology class took a trip down to Philly to visit the Mutter Museum. The museum is part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, which is a medical organization that was founded on the prospect “to advance the science of medicine and to thereby lessen human misery.” The Mutter Museum in particular […]

Poster for Anatomy of Hate

April 1, 2012

Searching for Social Justice

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This week was unexpectedly full of conversations about social justice, humanitarianism and the idea of ‘hate’ and hate crime. On Wednesday, I attended a brown bag entitled ‘What Does an Immigrant Look Like?’ which presented a panel of 3 faculty/staff members and 2 students who shared their experience of being immigrants in the United States. […]

My favorite performance of the Extravaganza finale. Picture borrowed from Lafayette's article covering of the Extravaganza finale.

March 26, 2012

Embracing Diversity

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It always brings a smile to my face when I see the quad painted with the colors of the world as it is surrounded by flags representing all of the countries that Lafayette students come from. It is a pleasant and beautiful reminder of the fact that ‘the world is our campus,’ which was the […]

the red buds in front of Farinon in bloom!

March 18, 2012

An Exciting Spring Ahead

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Spring is definitely springing on Lafayette’s campus this week! During break, it was a pleasure to watch the buds on the trees turn into flowers and the temperature creep even further up than it has been and for the sun to be shining bright and warm overhead. Always a relaxing time, Spring Break was a […]

TEDxLaf theme and advertisement

March 5, 2012

‘Redefining We’

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This weekend was the second annual TEDxLaf event, which brought together thinkers from on and off campus to discuss the theme of ‘Redefining We.’ What this theme meant to most of the presenters was how do we define ourselves in the ever changing and evolving world of technology and connectedness; a literal global society. The […]

a great outlook on life

February 28, 2012

A Choice in Life

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One thing that never ceases to amaze me, even when I am unhappily handcuffed by homework to a library desk, is all the different ways we learn here at Lafayette. My friends who are engineers sit and work on single problems for hours and may never get to a correct solution, yet that is okay. […]

this is Sarah, on the colorful stoop.

February 19, 2012

Facebook, the World and Vaginas

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Unfortunately, I have found that when I open my web browser to start my work, the cursor mysteriously finds the Facebook quick tab all on its own, and I lose at least 10 minutes in a cloud of oblivion. While Facebook is definitely is the most dangerous procrastination tool in my hefty belt, I am […]

Ryan O'Sullivan, Evan Gooberman, Tatiana Logan, Chandler Cornwell, Greg Baldwin and myself...knitting away in preparation for Chase the Chill!

February 7, 2012

The First Cut Is the Deepest…

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…or rather, the first few weeks are the hardest? Who would have thought, right? The infamous ‘syllabus week,’ or opening week when your classes feel more like a get-to-know-you than actual work, completely eluded me this year. I somehow found myself bogged down within the first few days. I think that one of the best […]

Learn owl

January 25, 2012

Fitting Back Into the Puzzle

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After a long few weeks at home and now nearly a week of being back at Lafayette, my whole semester abroad feels very much like a dream. While the campus doesn’t look exactly the same, and a ¼ of the student body has been exchanged with a new batch of bright and cheery students, I […]