The TeleGraham

Bates College through the eyes of a junior returning from abroad

Field Geology in Maine

Another cool class I am taking this year is called Field Geology in Maine. What’s awesome about it is how the course introduces you to the principles of geology while working in the field. Therefore, it isn’t the same old “rocks in a box” kind of geology that sounds oh-so boring. Instead, the professor has the philosophy that the best way to learn geology is by doing it. About once a month, our lab will go out on a field trip to the coast, Baxter State Park, or even Acadia National Park. Here we collect data on a subject that we are learning about in lectures and take samples back to the lab and learn about its history. Before this class I knew NOTHING about geology, and already I am keeping a field notebook and identifying all kinds of rock types, formations, and seeing more in my natural surroundings than ever before.

-Graham

I have a few pictures from some of the field trips we have taken so far this year. I’ll try to get some better ones on the trips to come. So, keep checking back and I’ll have more soon!

The class taking a lunch break at Rip Gorge outside of Baxter State Park

The class taking a lunch break at Rip Gorge outside of Baxter State Park

My lab during a sea kayaking field trip, we ended up writing a report on the formation we are standing around

My lab during a sea kayaking field trip, we ended up writing a report on the formation we are standing around

October 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Field Geology in Maine

Autumn on Campus in Maine

I am just getting back into blogging after a wild start to my senior year. My academic course load is really challenging this semester, but I am really happy with all of my classes. For instance, though I am a Religion major and a Philosophy minor, I registered to take an upper level History seminar on colonial America. It is a subject I wasn’t at all interested in or knew anything about. But all my friends who are History majors told me that Professor Hall was an amazing teacher. Though he was teaching a 100 level class this semester, I decided to take his 300 level seminar with only six other students. There has been tons of reading and writing assignments, but I have fallen in love with the material and the professor. That’s something special about Bates and the liberal arts experience. You don’t have to limit yourself to classes within your major, or even personal interests. And when you take classes outside of your realm of knowledge, why not sign up for the more demanding and smaller classes?

Enough about academics, let’s get to the good stuff. Coming from Kentucky, my parents and friends back home always ask me about the weather. Let’s get something clear: yes, the winters are cold. But the campus looks amazing with the changing seasons. With lots of rain this summer, the leaves are going through an amazing transformation this fall.

-Graham

Check out these pictures some of my friends have been taking of areas on or just around the campus. These aren’t professional photos from admissions. These are really just some shots my buddies happened to snap this past week.

Just some friends on Frye St outside a campus house

Just some friends on Frye St outside a campus house

Ben messing around and doing some rock climbing this past weekend

Ben messing around and doing some rock climbing this past weekend

Anne having a good time and sharing a laugh on the quad

Anne having a good time and sharing a laugh on the quad

Great shot of the leaves changing at a cemetery just a short walk from campus

Great shot of the leaves changing at a cemetery just a short walk from campus

October 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Autumn on Campus in Maine