Seniors reflect on their quintessential Centre experience
RELEASED: May 15, 2008
Sean Chandler: If I could remark on one experience that best reflects my Centre experience as a whole, I think it would have to be when I was temporarily a roommate with Dr. Rick Axtell, Associate Professor of Religion and College Chaplain, during a homestay in Nicaragua. We spent most of the evening listening to a band called Megadeth with our host family's eldest son. (To this day I maintain that there is no better bonding experience than a little thrash metal among friends.) That night, still jolted from a night of casual head banging, we chatted about how surreal it was for a professor and his student to be in Nicaragua listening to an American heavy metal band with the natives…and somehow it was all part of the class.
Leslie Hast: One of my favorite Centre memories is traveling to Massachusetts in search of Emily Dickinson with my English senior seminar class. It was seven girls and Dr. Dan Manheim, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele Stodghill Professor of English, for four days in a big white van, which turned out to be quite an adventure. Between long stretches completely lost on the scenic route (although Dr. Manheim would never admit that), we read Thoreau at Walden Pond, tracked dinosaurs, toured every cemetery we passed, climbed trees and ate cannoli. But the true purpose of the trip—touring the places where Dickinson lived and wrote to get a deeper insight—was a definite success. Seeing Emily's original manuscripts and a lock of her hair completely changed my perspective on her personality and her poetry.
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