A Second Semester Senior

Wow–it’s been quite some time since I’ve taken the time to write a post here. I feel like that’s a pretty standard problem with blogs. As much as one might have to say, consistently blogging can be pretty time consuming. A former professor of mine always added the sub-title to his blog as it being “a part of the slow-blog movement.” Perhaps I should add that tagline to mine as well…

Regardless of the speed of the blog, life hasn’t slowed down one bit. Remarkably, I’m actually a second semester senior. The day before I arrived back on campus, the facebook statuses by my peers and friends embellished the emotion of the moment. This is supposed to be IT. This is the “end”…or, conversely, the “beginning.” For me, I haven’t felt much of that. Instead, this semester just feels like a capstone; a moment where I feel like I can actually do things at the level I want them to be done at. 

Because this is already becoming a self-reflection post, I’m going to indulge in a bit more about my academic endeavors this semester. For my coursework, I’m taking a full set of classes. It’s perhaps a bad idea for the spring of senior year, but losing the opportunity to take the unique classes offered here would be a shame. The courses are: 

Politics of Journalism, a course with the ever-quoted Professor John J. Pitney of Claremont McKenna College. It’s been a great learning experience so far…did you know that LBJ never said “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost the war” or any other variation of the phrase. Examining the relationship of the media with political and corporate actors in such depth is highly satisfying. 

Restoring Nature, with Professor Paul Faulstich at Pitzer, is a course dedicated to restoration ecology theory and practice, focusing on the restoration of the Outback, a coastal sage scrub ecosystem on the Pitzer College campus. I’ve never done any sort of environmental analysis course before, but I have been involved in some of the politics of the Outback (a portion of it was used to build new dorms) as a part of the college’s governance. 

My third course is Neoliberalism, a seminar taught by the popular professor and Fulbright adviser extraordinaire Nigel Boyle at Pitzer. The class is also the first ever IGLAS seminar at the College. IGLAS is the Institute for Global-Local Action and Study, a new entity at Pitzer that seeks to connect scholarship and activism both domestically and abroad. 

Finally, I am working on a Senior Thesis. Coming out of my work in my seminar in Technology and Politics last semester, the thesis will examine the emergence of transnational identity through the development and evolution of the Millenium Development Goals…or so I hope. More on that later. 

While I don’t know where my journey will take me beyond college graduation, I want to live this semester as much in the moment as possible and do it right. From class to friends to the future, it’s gonna be a great time. A year ago, I had just returned from my study abroad in China. Now, it’s time to do the rest of my time at Pitzer the right way. 

I wish you all the best for your spring. Somewhere in the depths of my computer rests a post I wrote for reflecting on the new year.

Expect more here. Maybe. 

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About Jonathan Rice

Fulbright Fellow, Pitzer College alum, and communicator passionate about telling stories that make an impact.

Posted on 01/30/2013, in College, General and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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