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An American Classroom: What is it like to study at DePauw?

October 1, 2014

One of the ways DePauw stands out from other colleges is the fantastic academics DePauw offers. Coming here, I actually enjoy going to class, partaking in the discussions and learning new things. Even though I am a biochemistry major, I have had the opportunity to take classes in a variety of fields such as political science and Greek and Roman mythology. My first semester here, I took a class called Intelligent life where I learned about extraterrestrial intelligence and the prospect of computers and machines taking over the world. How cool is that! Taking classes out of your disciple is actually very encouraged here and I think it’s one of the perks of attending a liberal arts college. It really doesn’t matter if have no background or previous knowledge in the subjects; the professors are willing to help you learn.

Which brings me to my next point, the professors here are amazing! They are probably the best part about DePauw. I encourage every one to go and talk to at least one of your...

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What Every Freshman Should Know Before Move-In Day

September 30, 2014

I am now more than four weeks into my freshmen year at DePauw. It has been an absolute blast getting to know the campus and the people that have decided to make this place in Greencastle, Indiana their home. As fun as this time has been, I still find myself pondering all the time that fateful day.

August 23rd, 2014. Move-In Day.

As great as that day was, I’ll be the first to admit that August 23rd was a day of scary moments, awkward introductions and other instances that forced me to take all that I had learned throughout my eighteen year life span and put it to use. That being said, there are quite a few takeaways that I wish to address and, hopefully, will aid in freshmen next year starting out their first year in Greencastle.

POINT ONE: DO NOT OVERPACK.

It is very simple to see how one might overfill that van or car with what they think might be necessities but actually turn out to be everything but when actually arriving on campus. For that reason, remember to keep your load as...

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Why I Made the Right Choice

September 27, 2014

It’s safe to say that every freshman is nervous to move in to college-- to some extent. However as the move in date quickly approached, I remember becoming less nervous, but more upset. I wasn’t upset about leaving home per se, but rather I was sad because almost all of my friends were heading to Indiana University while I was coming here. Why would I possibly have made the ridiculous decision to come to DePauw when I would rather be back with all my friends? The other schools would have been a safe choice for me, but coming to DePauw was the most out-of-my-comfort-zone decision I could have made.

Fast forward three weeks to today. I made it through orientation week unharmed, and survived my first two weeks of classes with minimal injuries. Looking back at the fear I felt before coming to DePauw is just silly to me now. Everytime I look around me, I continue to find new reasons why I made the right choice. I made the right choice because I can roll out of bed 20 minutes before class and...

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The Best Experience of My Life: Servicio

September 26, 2014

Servicio is not going to another country and see as many sites as you can while you are there, it is about growing.  Not only do you grow in your Spanish skills (considering you are only allowed to speak in Spanish for a month), but you also grow as a student at DePauw, a citizen of Greencastle and as a human being.  You learn about other cultures, people, service and life in general.  Servicio was the best thing that ever happened in my life.  

Servicio en Las Americas 2014 went to Peru.  But first, 16 of us freshman, 2 senior leaders, 2 recent graduate leaders, and a professor stayed on campus for two weeks to get to know each other, to practice Spanish before we actually used it in front of native speakers and to learn about the Greencastle community.  After two weeks of “training”, we were off to Peru.  After four flights, two short bus ride, one 10-hour bus ride and one 45- minute boat ride, we were in the Amazon jungle.  We stayed there for about a week, and then we went back to...

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The 7 Wonders of The Nature Park

September 25, 2014

#7. THE trails

#6. the quarry

 

#5.Birds riding the wind currents off the quarry limestone walls

 

#4. Limestone surrounding the quarry

#3. “Stonehenge” of DePauw. AKA: The Nature Park Amphitheater

#2. The Prindle Institute

#1. The Bartlett Reflection Center

John Jessup '16

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