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On the road

4 Mar
The Mall

The Mall

7:15AM Saturday, March 2nd: Weary and tired travellers board the buses to Washington, D.C. for the annual Art History field trip. I happened to be part of a Latin American Caribbean Studies capstone course that was hitching a ride with the Art department. While other courses headed into the National Gallery or the Hirshorn, our contingent went to the Art Museum of the Americas to take in a quaint but great little exhibit on Dominican and Haitian art. Afterwards we went to Oyamel, a great Mexican restaurant by the mall and had lunch as a class. We sampled gourmet tacos and dipped churros in chocolate while we discussed what we had seen that day and how we can relate our D.C. trip to our capstone papers. Unique opportunities like these field trips make up the essential fibers of the W&L experience –  allowing us the chance to learn holistically and truly get to know our professors.


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16 Nov

As someone who knew that I wanted to study languages, the variety of languages offered at W&L was a big draw for me. We offer Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. A special partnership with our neighbors at the Virginia Military Institute allows W&L students to study Arabic next door and our Classics department also offers Greek and Latin courses.

Last weekend my Spanish class took a field trip to Washington D.C. to check out the ‘Exploring the Early Americas’ exhibit at the Library of Congress. We piled into a van with our professors early in the morning, and got to see the first-hand the manuscripts that we had studied in class. After the Library of Congress, we went to grab a bite to eat and then stopped by the Museum of the American Indian before heading back to Lexington.

Needless to say, eating burgers in the Capitol with my Professors during a field trip was certainly an “Only at W&L” moment.

Check out our Romance Languages, German and Russian, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Classics department pages.

Spring Term Adventures

6 May

While everyone else in other universities is cramming for finals, W&L students are enjoying Spring Term! During Spring Term we fully engage ourselves in one class for four weeks. What can possibly be a better way to finish a busy academic year? This spring I chose to take Environmental Biology: Endangered Plants of the Appalachians. The goal of the class is to explore biological diversity of the Appalachians, to understand the human impact on the environment, and to learn the ways of preserving unique ecosystems. This course is also designed to fulfill your Lab Science requirement: a fun and amazing way to get your FDR credit. The class meets twice a week for three hours, and we have laboratory work three times a week for five hours or so.  Luckily, W&L is located in one of the most gorgeous and diverse places in the country which gives us a perfect opportunity to have some hands-on experience. We go hiking and explore the vegetation of the area. The beautiful spring weather makes our trips even more enjoyable! Last Friday we climbed Mount Pleasant that is located a short drive away from campus. We looked at various plants and rock outcrops during our hike. Yet the best part was when we got to the top: we couldn’t stop admiring the view! I took many pictures, and here is of them. Enjoy!

The Caving Adventure

30 Nov

This morning my Geology class ventured 45 minutes outside of Lexington to the Island Ford Caves for our weekly lab. I am still in disbelief that this non-outdoorsy girl lived to tell the tale of this caving experience. I had never stepped foot inside a cave before today, so I had no idea what I was in for. After strapping on our helmets and headlamps, our class headed inside the cave, ready to take on the dirt and darkness. Let’s just say that I have never climbed over such slippery rocks, crawled army-style through a creek, or have had so much mud on my clothes and face. But you know what? It rocked! (please note the pun) Even though I must admit that I am sore from hoisting my body over, under, and in between slippery and sharp rocks, I could not be prouder of myself (and my classmates!) for enduring through the hour-long caving adventure. Can’t wait for next week’s lab trip to Natural Bridge!

Field Trip to The Greenbrier Hotel in West VA

21 May

Well, last week my spring term class took a charter bus to West Virginia to spend the day at the Greenbrier Hotel.  You see, our class was on music in the films of Kubrick, and one of Kubrick’s films is “The Shining”.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  Anyway, the basis of the film is that a family is staying at a resort hotel while it is shut down during the winter, and the dad happens to get “cabin fever” and goes crazy.  So, the point of our trip was to tour a large resort hotel to get a feel for how the characters in the movie felt.  Also, not many people know that The Greenbrier contains a bunker that was built during the Cold War to house Congress in case of a nuclear fallout.  We got to tour the bunker, eat lunch at the hotel, and even go bowling in their games room!  It was a lot of fun, and it was helpful to get us in the mindset for “The Shining”.  This is just one of the many cool experiences we have the opportunity to take part in here at W&L.