Alexa Gatti

August 28, 2015

Summer in the Dacks

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When Professor Cliff Reiter reached out to me about leading a summer trip to the Adirondacks, I was thrilled. I have been to his New Russia home (which he calls “camp”) once each semester since my sophomore year. This would be my fourth time in the Dacks (I missed one semester because I was studying […]

Friends pose for a photo during sunset at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

August 21, 2015

LOSt In Utah

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For hours we had been driving through the unending flatness and emptiness along I-70W in Kansas. This was only a small portion of the immense journey to Moab, Utah, but this was the most mentally troublesome stretch for drivers and passengers. The flatness continued until we reached the glorious Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado. We […]

The Alternative School Break team poses during a hiking trip in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

January 25, 2015

Lafayette’s Impact: Influential Experiences

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I have transformed in many ways since my freshman year at Lafayette. I have become more aware of myself and the society around me. I have become a stronger individual. Outside my experiences as an Environmental Studies and Government & Law major and my time abroad (which I have discussed in previous posts), here are […]

January 24, 2015

Out On the Town: the Vibrance of Easton

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Take a walk down College Hill, into the center of Easton. It is a great way to relax and clear your head during stressful times. It may be tempting to stay tucked away in the library or spend your days on College Hill, but Easton has delicious food, a vibrant community, and wonderful activities and […]

Five first-year students sit around a table at a cafe/bookstore in Easton, The Quadrant

January 22, 2015

Dining In Easton: Cheap Eats, Delicious Treats, & Fancy Feasts

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Naturally, when you go to Lafayette, students will rave about coffee and lattes from Cosmic Cup, Wawa mac-n-cheese, Don Juan’s burritos, and pizza from Pizza D’Oro and Morici’s, but restaurants down the hill have so much to offer. To celebrate the weekend, a birthday, the completion of a tough paper or exam, to spend some […]

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January 18, 2015

My Decision to Double-Major: Combining EVST & GOVT

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During my first semester at Lafayette, the Environmental Studies department was being created. I was able to register for EVST 100: Intro to the Environment. This class reassured me of my interest to pursue environmental policy through courses at Lafayette and for a career. Professor Brummel served as my mentor since that first semester of freshman […]

January 17, 2015

Past & Present: My Experience with LEAP

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I’m excited for this coming semester for many reasons. I will be reunited with dear friends after a semester abroad and I’ll be living off campus in the Folk Music house. Also, I’m excited for each of my courses, for my four new professors, and to have the Skillman library as my safe haven once […]

January 6, 2015

My Experience Abroad: The End of a Semester & a Fresh Start

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  Every day I woke up happy and excited, not only for where I was in that moment, but also for everything that lay ahead in my future. I was immersed in a group of 21 peers that made me see the best in the world around me and gave me the strength of mind […]

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November 18, 2014

Life at High Altitude: La Paz & Lake Titicaca

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Bolivia! The final country on this semester-long adventure. We landed in La Paz on November 4th at 3:00 AM, after connecting flights in Madrid, Spain and Bogota, Colombia. After making our way through customs, our country coordinators greeted us with coca leaves to help us cope with the altitude – 11,913 feet above sea level. I […]

October 29, 2014

My Week in the Atlas Mountains

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We are greeted as we step out into the crisp, cool mountain air – finally, a taste of autumn. Our hosts bring out mint tea and cookies. We snack and find our rooms. The Bensmim Guesthouse is a cozy little place with just enough space to fit our group of 22. Mountains and small tracts […]