Mr. Shan Is In the Building

I am a twenty-two year old senior at Dickinson College. My major is in the Sociology Department. I am a fan of the liberal-arts curriculum offered by the school. After graduation, I plan on moving back to Queens, New York where I can commute to work. I have resided within the Greater New York City Area for most of my life. Public schools educated me until high school when I attended a boarding school in New England. Those four years shaped my perspective on life. When choosing Dickinson my senior year in high school, I knew that I wanted a small campus experience once again. Moving to Central Pennsylvania and living here for three and a half years has been a defining experience. I continue to build on my journey through high school as I finish my bachelors degree here. Each day I reflect on how similar and different Dickinson is from Milton Academy. Certain privileges are lost as I navigate college life as an adult. Yet, similar interests remain the same.

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Dickinson is parallel to Milton in its emphasis on both the arts and athletics. The academic life in college is arguably more vigorous than in high school. Following a syllabus and meeting strict deadlines is a change of pace from Milton. I believe I am more literate as a result of taking close to thirty credits as an undergraduate student. At Dickinson, I am more accountable for my own learning, personal growth, and social life. Choosing to attend every class, as many home games as possible, and lectures offered each week, I try to be as involved on campus as I am physically able to. I think Dickinson offers a rigorous residential life inclusive of both curricular and extracurricular activities. I am the kind of person that prefers the weekdays over the weekends. When I am in my room, I like to play songs on YouTube. I began noticing rising stars who have channels and subscribers to their cover productions. They film themselves performing a popular tune and draw in hundreds of thousands of viewers. This fall semester, I am taking a writing in the discipline course. My weekly posts are of topics of my choice that pertains to my understanding of digital literacy. I choose to write about the most well received cover artists on YouTube as my theme for this semester. I hope to have fun in the process and that Dickinsonians will read my posts.

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