Self Archive

About The Study FYS Instructor Miranda Zent Alex’s poetry reflects a sense of frustration familiar to many students in their first year of college. During this time of intense change it’s not surprising if students experience an almost total reordering of their sense of self—a strong shift in values and beliefs, the assumption of...
View Study FYS is a variation of the traditional Topics course—à la Columbia. We spend a semester wrestling with a small number of big topics, teasing out their complexity to experience what art they might inspire, what intellectual discoveries they might evoke, and what we might learn about ourselves and from others when we...
FYS is an interdisciplinary course where students explore a variety of humanities topics through research, seminar discourse, analytical writing, and creative experimentation. As students experiment creatively, we often encourage them to take risks and create using methods in which they might feel less fluent, to explore using media outside of their realm of expertise....
View Study Even in the beginning weeks of class, Rose was instinctively drawn to write from fairytales. She knew they were powerful, she was attracted to them, and when she shared her writing with the class we were immediately able to experience the ways these myths, these archetypes, affected her. They beckoned her, they...
  For many First-Year Seminar students, the first topic study—Self and Community—culminates in some kind of self-portrait. These projects tend to depict the array of roles they assume in the course of their daily lives or a laundry list of their diverse and sometimes-dueling character traits. Kacie Monroe, however, strove to reconcile her past...