Hola! Bonjour! Shalom! Hello!

Hi! I’m Jessica, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Student Stories blog! It’s definitely going to be a ton of fun.

As for introductions… this will be my senior year at Dickinson, and my major is Psychology. I absolutely love the Psych Department and all the professors, and hope to go into child psychology, working with kids who have Learning Disabilities and ADHD. Outside of class, I’m a member of the psych club; have a cabinet position in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta; get involved with Hillel here and there; and am a Liberty Cap Society Tour Guide for Admissions. I’m actually working in the Admissions Office now as a summer tour guide (blogging from Michelle’s desk no big deal)!

As you can probably tell from the picture of me below, I’m from Baltimore, Maryland, where we LOVE our Old Bay seasoning. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Old Bay is a crab/ seafood seasoning, but we Marylanders put it on everything…and I mean everything. French fries, scrambled eggs, chicken wings, you name it. I’m such an Old Bay fan, I even made myself an Old Bay Halloween costume last year.

Anyway, I can’t wait to share my senior year with you! Between working on an independent study this fall, preparing for life after Dickinson (nooo!!!), and all the other important moments and traditions to come, I guarantee we’ll be in for a great time! 

-Jessica Snydman, ‘15

When you go abroad…

I feel as though every time I have written a blog post for this tumblr, I start off with some form of apology. This post really should be no different as I have been on a mild blogging hiatus for the past couple of months, I believe my last (un-prompted post) was in March. But I swear, this is entirely my fault. As many of you will discover when you go abroad whether it be for a semester of a year, the life of your new home takes hold of you, in an all encompassing way. I have now been in Germany for almost a whole year, literally. I arrived in Germany August 30th of 2013 and it is now August 3rd 2014. Seriously, where has the time gone. As I am sitting here and writing this post, I realize that I am putting off writing my final papers, packing and cleaning, all things that can be accomplished in time but I’ve been doing a bunch of reflecting on my time abroad and I needed to share somewhere how much this experience has meant to me. Trust me, when the time comes I am sure there will be a sappy Facebook post, tweets and an Instagram photo or two that will share my feelings with the world about how much I don’t want to go home and how Germany has my heart forever. But I wanted to write something with a little more substance, so why not put it on tumblr? Don’t feel like you have to read this whole thing, but hopefully it provides some insight to my experience and what it means to go abroad. 

The Kline Expansion looks pretty sweet after dark. Just look at the Red Devils Red accents along the benches (Opens August 6)

-Nick ‘16

Today’s #tbt is brought to you by my coffee addiction/obsession/passion. The first photo is actually a throwback from a StuStories post I made in February 2013, midway through my first year. I was totally dependent on my automated coffee maker back in the day (as my caption below alludes to). Little did I know that I would be moving on the bigger, better, and prettier coffee things. The second photo is me at The Peddler in September 2013, and the third photo is my Chemex circa two weeks ago.

Good Morning, Student Stories! A word of advice to all the coffee-dependent students like myself out there: a programmable coffee maker is the best investment I’ve ever made. There’s nothing like a pre-made fresh pot coffee to get you out of bed in the morning. 

-Nick ’16 (February 2013)

Peace and love, y’all!

-Nick ‘16

(Looking down High St. into Downtown Carlisle post-summer storm. Taken 7.29.2014 outside Denny Hall)

Nick ‘16

p.s. I almost died taking this photo #worthit

Yesterday afternoon, the summer Tour Guides got a first look at the nearly completed Kline Fitness Center Expansion, and I almost wept because it’s so pretty: shiny, new equipment, 5 squash courts, and a juice bar. OPENS AUGUST 6th at 6am!

Nick ‘16

Where in the World are the Treekids? #6

treekids:

Check out Sam Kilburn 17’ who will be moving into the Treehouse for his first semester this Fall!

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"This summer I’m working for the White Mountain Professional Trail Crew in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a crew of 15 we maintain all of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s trails in the White Mountains. For the first three weeks of the summer we hiked all of the trails and chopped out all of the trees that had fallen on the trail. Now we are busy clearing new trail and building rock staircases and rock water bars.

Trail Crew lifestyle has been a big shift for me, but now that I am adjusted it’s wonderful. We wake up at 6am every morning, work for ten hours and then fall asleep before it’s dark out. The work is very physically demanding, but the challenge is met by all crewmembers. Often we hike over 20 miles per day or carry 100+ pounds on our backs.

On our days off we’re usually found at Pinkham Notch working on our axes or greasing our boots. If we’re not at Pinkham we’re probably swimming in the Saco River or getting ice cream in Gorham.

If you’re ever in the White Mountains look for us on the trail! 

Foo,

Sam”

Treelove!

Where in the World are the Treekids? #5

treekids:

Check out Jackie Goodwin 17’!

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"Hey everyone! I’ll be living in the treehouse for the first time this Fall. For the summer, I am living with my Aunt’s family on Southport Island, next to Boothbay, Maine. I recently started working at an art gallery in downtown Boothbay with a local artist who does original oil pantings. As her employee, I have helped to redesign the gallery and I’m currently in training to run it on my own. The artist also owns an arts cooperative next door where we sell anything from doormats made of recycled lobster lines to Maine cookbooks. Many people here are into using local and repurposed material for their art which is super sustainable and fun to see. When I’m not working, I like to spend my time biking and hiking around the island, taking the dog down to the beach, or hanging around my uncle’s boat yard. While I’m having an amazing time up here, I can’t wait to get back on campus and live the treehouse life. See everyone soon! "

Treelove!

Where in the World are the Treekids? #7

treekids:

Check out Kenze Burkhart 15’.

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"Hey everyone! My name is Kenze and this fall will be my fourth semester in the treehouse! 

I’m currently studying abroad in Italy, a short train ride from Pisa, at an Archaeological field school run by The Ohio State University and the University of Pisa! I’ll be here for a total of 6 weeks excavating at the site of a medieval church and monastery. The general focus of the school is Bioarchaeology, which means we focus mainly on the age, sex, social status, and diet of individuals in hopes of learning more about the residents of Badia Pozzeveri.

The section of the site that I am working on is the Northern cemetery. This area of the cemetery has two main phases: Medieval (11th-14th century) and Modern (19th century). The modern section contains burials from the 1855 cholera epidemic, which we are hoping will provide us with some insight into the spread of the disease across Europe!

I have also had the opportunity to travel to other parts of Italy such as Florence, Venice, and the Italian Alps!

It is an incredible experience! The photo included above is the first burial I had the privilege of working on! 

Treelove,

Kenze”

treekids:

Check out Christine Burns 14’.

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"Hey everybody! I’m Christine. I just graduated from Dickinson after living in the Treehouse for four semesters. (how the time flies!) I’m spending my summer up in Wells, Maine working for the Fish and Wildlife Service at a local National Wildlife Refuge. I…

Sunday morning brunch at Fay’s!

Nick ‘16

Bluegrass on the Grass is a bluegrass festival held on the Academic Quad that brings thousands of people to campus every summer, and it’s today, and it’s pretty awesome.

Nick ‘16

This morning I took a break from giving tours and took a tour of the sustainable, native gardens on campus with Master Gardener Extraordinaire, Ann Dailey. The group is outside Kaufman looking at a “no mow” (no carbon emission) meadowed garden.

Nick ‘16

molly-boegel:

Summer tour guides playing the visitor geography game. Michelle reads the city/town and they guess the state (or country) of origin. Alexa killed it today and gets to choose the tour she leads tomorrow. Better luck next time everyone else!

Yesterday was our first Discover Dickinson Day of the summer (and also, unfortunately, my penultimate day of summer tour guiding). Prospective students and their parents took campus tours, sat in on info sessions, ate lunch in the dining hall, and had the option to participate in a group interview. It was really busy and about 90 degrees, but the day was a lot of fun!

Top left: exploring the darkroom in Weiss with a prospective student (I spend so much time in that building but I had never seen the darkroom before!)
Top right: Lexi ‘17 and a prospective student in the Admissions Office
Middle: an info session for students and parents in Rubendall Recital Hall
Bottom: the four summer tour guides (left to right: Ian ‘16, Lexi ‘17, Matt ‘16, and me)

- Isabel ‘15