French 202U and 331
I'm considering pursuing a French major, as such I've taken two French courses this year. Most of the assignments are in French, and wouldn't carry much significance if posted here. However, one of the assignments was a VoiceThread. Very much like a TED Talk, a VoiceThread essentially allows someone to record one's voice, online, over a powerpoint or other visual aid. I made a VoiceThread in French 331 about the French film "Ridicule" and the concept of gaining favors in the court of Versailles, under Louis the 16th. The presentation is in French, but I still think it's pretty cool to watch. The link is below.
I took a fascinating course in human geography during my first semester. For an honors course, it wasn't very challenging, but I grew to appreciate urban planning, mapping, and other social geographical concepts. For my final paper, I examined three human geographical issues in my hometown, State College. The conclusions I draw may not be extremely profound, but it was interesting to research State College and work as a social geographer.
COMM 150H: A Critical Introduction to Film
To further refine my liberal arts education, I took an introductory film course this spring semester. It was a great deal: one day a week we watched a movie in the State Theatre, the other day we would discuss the movie. Assignments were infrequent, but one of our final papers was to compare the film "A Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to my area of study. The movie is a three hour behemoth that I'm not crazy about, but I think the paper's reads well.