Monthly Archives: March 2012

SkidMolly: Fridays at Skidmore

Hi all!

First of all, congratulations to the Regular Decision admits!  I hope you’ll all consider visiting campus before the semester is over, either on your own or during an Accepted Candidate’s Day.  (Connect with other future Skiddies through the Skidmore 2016 Facebook community.)  When I went to an Accepted Candidate’s Day at Skidmore, it really solidified my feelings about where I wanted to go to school and what I wanted out of college; somewhere between the student panel, psychology professor Sheldon Solomon’s lecture, and the t-shirt that said “Creative Thought Matters” on the back, I had a gut feeling that Skidmore was the place for me.

Here’s a video I made last weekend detailing the INSANE NICE SPRING WEATHER and what all us Skid kids do when the sun comes out and temperatures finally climb above freezing:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXbHyTbmQZg

Today is Friday, a day close to my heart at Skidmore.  Here’s what you can see on a nice Skidmore Friday:

  • Big tour groups walking (veeeery sloooowwwly and attentively) around campus, led by enthusiastic student ambassadors.  Hi tourers!  If you see me, wave at me! I’ll wave back!
  • If it’s sunny, sunbathers abounding on the green.  Not to mention Frisbees.  And acoustic guitars.
  • A super busy and bustling Case Center: student markets, a senior art show in Case Gallery, people picking up packages in the post office, Saratoga Apple and the mini farmer’s market both selling their wares downstairs…
  • Students waiting for the bus (it comes every half hour, and it’s FREE) to go downtown to get iced coffee at Saratoga Coffee Traders, or take a slightly longer trip to Target/Wal Mart/the mall.  A little Forever 21 shopping trip before Friday’s social activities begin?  Indeed.
  • Athletic-looking individuals, done with classes for the week, trekking down to the sports center, clad in spandex and toting water bottles…yep, Fridays mean fitness for some folks!

As for me, I’m relaxing in front of the television (Food Network is on, of course) before I start getting into the weekend mindset.  Ahhh…

Got questions?  Ask!  As always, check out my Twitter and YouTube channel.  Happy weekend, everyone.

 

SkidMolly: Pre-Spring Break Update!

Hello folks!  It is an unbelievably warm day in Saratoga (global warming or the heavens smiling upon us?  Too soon to tell) and I just finished my last class before spring break officially begins.  Yep — no Friday classes for this senior.  Here are some updates for you:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSk-98nvUGU

Last weekend’s Weekend Update, for your viewing pleasure.  Dog Sees God got a great writeup in Skidmore Unofficial, and Steven Millhauser’s reading was incredible.  He read “Dangerous Laughter,” a short story of which I’m quite fond, and then an energetic rap/Beat poem/thingamajig about a divorced couple dividing their possessions.  Good stuff.

Normally (meaning in the last three years) my spring break has consisted of chilling hardcore at the homestead.  (Though last year’s spring break was spent in Slovakia and Poland.  The joys of going abroad.)  This year, I’m finally embarking on a trip…to California!  I’m going to San Francisco with three friends and I can’t wait.  I didn’t realize how excited I was until I was watching Comic Book Confidential and listened to Robert Crumb talk about the crazy times he had in the ’60s on Haight-Ashbury.  I will make sure to wear flowers in my hair when I go.

Graduation is LOOMING.  We’re supposed to order our caps and gowns by March 26th.  Eek!  I don’t want to graduate!  Back when I was in high school I was more or less DYING to get out of there, but the beauty of picking the right college is that you don’t want to leave when it’s time to.  So there’s that.  More morose graduation posts on the way, for sure.

Hope you all have a great weekend.  If you’re coming to one of Skidmore’s Accepted Candidates Days, please consider logging into the Skidmore Facebook App and joining one of the communities: either April 9th, April 13th or April 16th.  You guys can meet each other online before you meet in person!  It’s the future!

AND as always, please feel free to ask me your questions.  I will tell you no lies.

Are there any classes at Skidmore that you are required to take?

What a fantastic question. I will itemize these requirements for you and then tell you what courses I took to fulfill them:

1) Scribner Seminar. This is easy to fulfill because everyone has to take one in their first semester at Skid. One of the first things you do once you get into Skidmore is pick your top ten Scribner Sem choices (they’ll hook you up with one of your top three, for sure.) My Scribner Seminar was called Word & Image, with French/International Relations professor Marc-André Wiesmann. We read the Aeneid and lots of French short stories about crazy painters. We went really in-depth on the definitions of words like "impression" and "mimesis." It was a little bit of everything, with lots of word/image interaction. I loved it. We’re having a reunion soon.

2) Quantitative Reasoning 1 and 2. QR1 can be passed by either getting a 630 on the SAT (or a 570 on the math SAT II, or a 28 on the math section of the ACT), or by taking the QR1 test at the beginning of freshman year. (You have to do it by the end of junior year, I believe). Then QR2 has to happen in a course that involves math, like physics or accounting or, y’know, calculus. I fulfilled my QR2 with Macroeconomics. Lots of cost-benefit analysis graphs. Let me be the first to say that the math requirement is not as intimidating as it sounds; I am the true opposite of a math person and I survived.

3) Expository Writing. I took EN 110, Intro to Literary Studies, because that was recommended to me based on my SAT scores. You can also take EN 103 or EN 105 depending on your level. Essay-writing — essential!

4) Arts. Generally, this means dance, music, theater, creative writing, or studio art. I did creative writing. I’m on my fourth writing workshop now. But I’m also taking dance this semester, which is GREAT. I’m a huge fan of the art requirement because it requires either a deeper focus on doing something you already love or having to try something uncomfortable and new. Both are great for one’s academic (and personal) growth.

5) Humanities. The most vague of requirements. Lots of classes fulfill the humanities requirement. I assume I got mine from an English class.

6) Natural Sciences. Aahh! I took Neuroscience. You can take biology, chemistry, physics, oceanography, anything they teach in Dana Science Center. I really loved Neuro and recommend it for anyone who likes interdisciplinary things. (Neuro combines biology, chemistry, psychology, and more. It’s a scientific smörgåsbord.) Our lab was great; we got to strap electrodes to our heads to measure our brain waves, and once day we dissected a sheep’s brain. It smelled SO BAD.

7) Social Sciences. This is American studies, sociology, anthropology, government, history, et cetera. Lucky for me, Economics was both a QR2 and a social sciences course. Lots of courses actually serves as double requirements, which is really useful. My post-Civil War American history class was probably a social science too.

8) Foreign Language. Yup, Skidmore wants us to attempt to be bilingual. My French classes counted, obviously, but I also took Arabic my sophomore year through Skidmore’s self-instructional language program. They offer Korean, Russian, Hebrew, Hindi and Portuguese too. Also, you can take Latin and Greek through the Classics department.

9) Non-Western/Cultural Diversity. Very necessary in an academic program, if you ask me. This can be fulfilled in almost every department: classical Indian dance, non-Western religions, African-American literature, Latin American history, Caribbean politics. I’ve taken a few classes that have fulfilled it, African-American novels and modern Japanese lit in translation among them.

If it seems like a lot, it’s not. I didn’t stress too much about fulfilling my requirements, and even the ones that were not up my alley, like QR2 and science, actually pushed me to explore new departments and step out of my comfort zone. Thanks again for your question!

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