What I Learned in Class: September 26, 2018

Welcome back to school, Scrippsies. It’s been a month back in the city of trees and PhDs, and class is definitely in session. We asked you for the most interesting things you’ve learned in class so far, and you answered.

Esi Igyan ’22

“In my class “Music and Healing in the African Diaspora, we’ve been reading a book called “Of Water and The Spirit”. I would say the most interesting part is that the village in this book is really in touch with spirituality…I’ve never really been super in touch with [spirituality]. So it’s just nice to read how life is, living that way. And even I’m getting to that point in the book where I believe it more and more.”

Melody Chang ’22

“In Calc 3 today, my math teacher, Dr. Towse, brought pringles to class to demonstrate the 3D view… that’s related to Calc 3! It’s a hyperbola in one direction and parabola in the other direction. [A pringle] is concave up one way and concave down the other way: like a saddle!!”

Molly Lazarus ’22 (on right)

“ I read an interesting article in my Writing 50 class the other day blaming[Politically Correct] culture for the election. [It claims that PC culture] creates this phoniness, where people say, “I believe in stopping racism and you’re wrong for being racist and I’m just gonna completely discount your opinion [for that reason]”.”

Maya Chavez ’22 (on left)

“I think our discussion [in CORE] today was pretty interesting. We had a little group of three. We were talking about the lecture last week with Professor Sanii, relating chemistry to human communities, [and] how, in a sense, we crave community. I guess that was exemplified through the carbon atoms. I don’t know though, I think the most interesting thing I’ve learned is [how to] connect different fields of study to one another and how everything relates.”

Kati Tuemmler  ‘’21

“So pretty much everything I’ve ever learned here has been one of the most interesting things I’ve learned. But I would say, my second semester freshman year I took a French class called “Language and Power in the French World”. I learned about how the French language developed as a result of political power structures, and social pressures and norms, as well as French history. And that was super interesting, because I always thought of language as developing naturally, but it develops as a result of the society it’s spoken in.”

Sofia Ahmed  ’20

“I really liked my CORE 2 last semester, [which was] Walls, Borders, Fences with Lara Deeb. It made me question a lot of preexisting sources of power, borders, and how they function and why they’re there and who they’re made by. When things claim to exist for one reason but actually exist for another reason… a lot about how power functions. A lot about confinement. When you think of Walls, Borders, Fences you think of, like, borders between nations, but we talked about the educational system and how that confines people also, how high schools can be almost like a state of incarceration sometimes.”

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