January Term Blog - 2009
We asked four of our students to share their January Term experiences with us. Here's what they have to say, in their own words.
My name is Desirée Knight. I am a first-year accounting major at Salem College, and I’m from Rome, Georgia.
My Jan Term 2009 course is entitled “Gone to the Dogs,” taught by Dr. Jeff Ersoff of the psychology department. This course studies the relationship between humans and their canine pets. We will learn how dogs are used to fulfill companionship, recreation and therapy. We will study dog-training principles, dog sports and dog therapy. We will study the nature of dogs and the way canines think and act.
My name is Ama Frimpong, and I am a sophomore double majoring in International Business and Spanish. I am also in the honors program, vice president of Alpha Lambda Honors Society and an officer of BADU (Black Americans Demonstrating Unity) and ONUA (minority student organization).
Because I am from Ghana, West Africa, I am very intrigued by different cultures and languages; this has led me to my 2009 Jan term experience, a cultural and business tour of China. This trip is designed to acquaint students with culture and business practices in China. We leaving on the ninth of January and will return on the 29th. Words cannot express my excitement about this trip!
My name is Sarah Eldred and I am a junior at Salem College, majoring in history and Spanish. I am originally from Chapel Hill, NC. This Jan Term, I am taking a course called "Young Women's Activism: The Third Wave." This class is about the perspectives and activism that constitute "Third Wave" or more recent feminism. According to the syllabus, we will be examining models of Third Wave writing and activism within the themes of reproductive justice, feminism and popular culture, intersectional politics and activism and creativity. At the end of the class, we will be traveling to New York City to participate in a "Feminist Winter Term" hosted by an organization called Soapbox. During that week, we will be meeting with different activists and activists organizations, visiting museums and learning about opportunities to make change.
I am incredibly excited about this Jan Term experience, because I've realized during my time at Salem that I am a feminist. I am an activist for reproductive rights, the president of Salem Students for Choice on campus and am dedicated to continuing that activism after college. I am excited that Salem College could give me this opportunity to learn about feminist activism and acquire the tools necessary to reach those goals!
My name is Puspanjali Bhatta. I am a sophomore student from Kathmandu, Nepal, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. While I miss home, a supportive and homelike environment at Salem adds to my courage and inspires me to take a step ahead every day. Likewise another step ahead towards my career is my Jan Term internship. I am working at Brenner Children's Hospital of Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I will also be doing research on an aspect of the NICU. This is my first internship at Salem and I am very excited about it since I get to see babies most of the time. When I was in Nepal, I used to volunteer at the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children. It was then that I found my passion to work with small children. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with small babies again and I expect to get a lot out of it.