Summer Research and Senior Year Plans
Blogger: Donovan Dennis
The last time I wrote, I was struggling with school pretty hard. Thankfully, things have started to go better, and we are nearing the end of the semester. It’s hard to believe I am four weeks away from being a senior in college. I feel as though it were only a couple months ago that I checked in for orientation.
Over the past several months, I received word that I will be participating in the Juneau Icefield Research Program for eight weeks this summer—an opportunity to do research on the some of the glaciers in southeast Alaska. I also celebrated my 21st birthday a couple days ago at an Athletics game in Oakland, which was a ton of fun. In the meantime, I’ve spent seemingly endless hours in Hameetman working late into the night, fighting for my sanity as I take 19 credits of lab science this semester.
Thankfully, I’m over the hump in my major. I only have four classes left, including Comps, but I will be able to take a slightly less rigorous course load next semester. I’m very excited to participate in Oxy’s Michelangelo ARTH373 class, which takes a two week trip to Italy following a semester of studying Michelangelo’s life and legacy. It will be nice to be take another humanities class before my college career comes to a close.
This weekend, we are out in the mountains for another weekend field trip. We are staying at a research camp called SNARL near the Owen’s Valley. It’s supposed to be cold! Low into the 30s, so it will be one of my few experiences in the cold. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again now, geology is definitely the best major: three days with friends hiking and looking at unique geomorphological features? Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend?
Until next time…