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Day 3: History and Heights

Dani takes a selfie at the bottom of the Arch with an

Bloggers Daniella Maney, ‘20 and Mark McPhillips, ‘20 embarked on a road trip this summer with their friend Samuel Piller, ‘20 before coming back to Conn. We will publish a series of posts about what they experienced along the way.... (Read Post 1)

The curtains covering giant windows overlooking Saint Louis were flung open by Mark as a cue for Samuel and I to wake up and smell the coffee that was freshly brewing on the dresser. Our main objective in Saint Louis was to walk the 630 feet up to the top of the Saint Louis Arch, which is actually the same distance wide as it is tall. But before we started this trek, we went to the Old Courthouse across from the hotel, which the night before I noticed was on "Dred Scott Street." I had a flashback to my junior year of high school when we studied the Dred Scott v. Sandford in AP U.S. History. At the Old Courthouse I got a refresher on the case, in which Saint Louis resident Dred Scott sued for his freedom from slavery. It was amazing to be in the exact room that the lawsuit was first brought to the court, and to read all of the museum-like plaques about Dred Scott and his wife Harriet Scott.

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Day 3: In the Middle of the Midwest

Samuel eats the last slice of deep dish pizza.
Samuel fell in love with deep-dish pizza too.

Bloggers Mark McPhillips, ‘20 and Daniella Maney, ‘20 embarked on a road trip this summer with their friend Samuel Piller, ‘20 before coming back to Conn. We will publish a series of posts about what they experienced along the way.... (Read Post 1)

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Day 2: Rules of the Road

Bloggers Daniella Maney, ‘20 and Mark McPhillips, ‘20 embarked on a road trip this summer with their friend Samuel Piller, ‘20 before coming back to Conn. We will publish a series of posts about what they experienced along the way.... (Read Post 1)

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Day 2: My First Home

Bloggers Mark McPhillips, ‘20 and Daniella Maney, ‘20 embarked on a road trip this summer with their friend Samuel Piller, ‘20 before coming back to Conn. We will publish a series of posts about what they experienced along the way.... (Read Post 1)

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Boston to Neptune: Hometown to Hometown

- The Experience, Daniella Maney ’20 

This summer, I worked as a camp counselor at the Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA, but I had one thing in the back of my mind. All my hard work and saved money was leading up to one thing: The Roadie. Late last spring, I was sitting in the Coffee Closet with my friend and fellow blogger Mark McPhillips when our friend Samuel walked in and asked us to go on a walk through the Arboretum. We walked to the dock, sat down, and one way or another road tripping came up in our conversation. The universal teen American dream of a summer road trip is something that my hometown friends and I have talked about before without any real intention of following through. Just the idea of leaving for a couple weeks and hitting the pavement without any obligations was enough of a thrill to sustain our imaginations. Mark, Samuel and I all decided that we would put our money (literally) where our mouths were. We planned out a road trip for the end of the summer. We each picked a state or city we have always wanted to travel to and mapped out our route from there. Mark picked Wichita, Kansas. Samuel picked Nashville, Tennessee, and I picked New Orleans, Louisiana. My choice came from my interest in Haitian culture and its integral function in Louisiana. The history of witchcraft in Louisiana reminds me of Salem, Massachusetts, which borders my hometown. After we established a driving route, starting from the Jersey Shore, we drafted a budget and worked throughout the summer saving up to fund our trip.

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Day 1: From Neptune to Columbus

- The Experience, Mark McPhillips '20 

I am sitting in the back seat of my friend Samuel’s Honda CR-V. Samuel is in the passenger seat and our friend and my fellow blogger Dani Maney is driving.

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The Role of Women Across Classes

Student Ashley Myers relaxes on a picnic blanket.

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Ashley Myers '19 of Winchester, Massachusetts, is majoring in English with a concentration in fiction writing, and minoring in Classics and Psychology. She is the president of Cadenza, the literary magazine on campus, a member of Relay for Life, and an editor-in-chief and writer for the Odyssey Online. Writing is her passion, and she wouldn't want to pursue it anywhere other than Conn. 

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Leaving my nerves on the 777 plane: A reflection on my semester abroad

Julia Kaback poses in JFK while awaiting her flight to Israel.
Leaving for Israel: February 10th

On the morning of Feb. 10, I awoke with nerves the size of the Boeing 777 plane I was about to board. My fears might have been large enough to hold me back, but now I see that my plane-sized anxiety came from fearing the unknown. That day, I left for a four-month semester abroad in Haifa, Israel. It did not occur to me then that spending time away from Conn would be an opportunity to grow in ways I had not imagined. 

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Museums On Campus

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum

I recently completed an art history ConnCourse called Mona Lisa to Instagram, taught by Professor Karen Gonzalez-Rice, which focused on historical artists such as Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary artists like Kara Walker. In the final weeks of class, we studied Impressionism and Postimpressionism, and instead of viewing the examples on a projector, which can alter the coloration and size of art, Professor Gonzalez-Rice took us to view The Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s permanent collection of 18th through 20th century art.

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The Study of Latin

- Guest Blogger 

This photo of me was taken at the Colosseum, behind me is the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Editor’s Note: Anne Holly ’17 of York, Pennsylvania, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minors in mathematics. She was a captain of the Connecticut College women’s squash team, which is ranked No. 28 in the country.  At Conn, she was also a member of the Peggotty Investment Club, Outdoors Club, Tennis Club, and is Green Dot-trained. She thinks Conn has a great mascot and loves being a Camel. She was a guest blogger for The Experience this spring. 

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