Like I mentioned yesterday, my morning started off with me going to Professor Walter Mcdougall's class on "History of International Relations since WWI."
What made me decide to visit this professor, who is in the history department and not in either field of my interest (political science or business)? As it so happens, my government/economics teacher in high school mentioned one of his favorite college professors from when he was at UC Berkeley. When he also told us that the professor, Dr. Mcdougall, had moved to teach at Penn, I knew I had to go to one of his lectures myself!
So after grabbing some Starbucks for breakfast, I went to the Department of History in College Hall to try and find his classroom. When I asked for help in the office, I was told he was in the Arch Crest! (Where?!? And class is starting in 10 minutes?!?) After the lady at the desk gave me some descriptions, I realized the Arch in Arch Crest was referring to the Arch building. I was off, and thankfully found the right room quickly.
Professor Mcdougall kindly allowed me to stay for his lecture, and sit in. I thought his history class was definitely unlike any I had and have in high school; it was extremely an indepth and detailed analysis of the subject. Dr. Mcdougall was also very passionate about his subject, and I had fun listening to him. The phrases he used that I liked best were "heard the ominous drumbeats of another war," and "a storm brewing and crashing."
Almost everyone was taking notes during the lecture, and most students had laptops. I sat in between two very contrasting individuals: the person on my left was extremely dilligent and never ceased her note taking for the entire class, while the person on my right was constantly sighing and texting. Observing these two and getting the general feel of the entire class was a very good experience for me. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience being in a real college class, with actual students around me. I could see that responsibility and independance were an important part to succeeding: the material was presented, but it is up to the student to absorb the information and actually learn it. In this kind of environment, a student is not just learning what to think, but how to think.
At the end of class, I thanked the professor and we talked a little bit about where I was from. He was very surprised and delighted when I told him why I had came to sit in his class. He also told me he remembered my government/econ teacher's name, which my teacher will be very happy to hear about. =)
Lunch and Self-Tour
My mom and I had lunch at the White Dog Cafe, after which I took her on a tour of campus.
I said the weather was like Cali weather yesterday, but not today! Today it was COLDDD!
Shrimp Mac and Cheese, Freezing in front of the Quad, Inside Leidy Labs, College Hall
I'll save my reunion with June, her class, and our night out for tomorrow!