Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Study Session in Lehman Library

Who wouldn't want to run around here in the morning?

I’ve finally schedule a routine for myself for the three weeks I will be spending here in Columbia University. Every morning, I plan to run around campus for a while to explore and familiarize myself with the college. So today at 8 AM, I jogged from one end of the grounds to another. From my morning run today, I have seen most of the main Columbia Square, located between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. I even delved further outside to see Barnard College across from the main buildings.

Following my, hopefully, daily run was breakfast with Morvarid, Adrianne, and Lucas. We all talked about how our classes were going so far and our professors. When we finished breakfast, we decided to catch up on last night’s assignment to refresh our memory on the readings we all did last night. About fifteen minutes before class, we all went our separate ways to start our morning sessions. Unfortunately for Morvarid and me, the extension to the Schemerhorn building was locked and we could not enter. We went up to the ninth floor for the building, entered the extension there, and descended down via elevator to our class. Let’s just say, we did not arrive as promptly as we expected. But fortunately, the class was just about to begin.

During class we discussed a packet we had to read last night, “The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics.” We analyzed and discussed the purpose of the research paper by Bradley Hansen. The paper qualifies the argument that “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” does not have enough information to prove and disprove it’s relation to the Populist Party. Although there are a few striking similarities, such as the number count of seven and three, the amount of information from the story is inadequate. In conclusion, the allegory is in no way related to story.

Inside the Lehman Library
After our one hour discussion, we trekked to the Lehman Library to learn about the protocols and rules. Mr. Breeze gave us a tutorial on where to look online to help our researching easier. He showed us where to find different documents, ranging from presidential papers to electronic books on executive orders.

When our first block ended, Morvarid and I headed to the dining hall for lunch. We even had lunch with a new friend, named Rowland, who we met during our Presidential Powers class. He’s actually from California, albeit the southern part.

Once lunch ended, it was back to class. Rowland, Morvarid, and I headed to Butler Library to start our second block. There we met with another Presidential Powers classmate and grouped together to research for our papers. This part of the class is more independent study, which is good for us when we have to write those ten thousand word essays. During my study, I read the reply from my past AP U.S. History teacher, who gave me advice on developing my topic. And thank the heavens that he did or I would be completely lost by now. My topic will now be how events outside the real control of a president affects said presidents’ legacies. Pretty good? Well I hope so.

Our second class finally ended and then Morvarid and I met up with Ms. L and the others for our daily meeting. Today we discussed the textbook issues the Constitutional Law people are having as well as permission to go out to a few of the events we have signed up. So far, we signed up to see Maroon 5 at Central Park on Friday morning and possibly a Broadway play. Hopefully we’ll all find more events to go to as the week progresses. And now, some quality time with the U.S. Constitution and “The Art of Presidential Leadership: George Washington and the Jay Treaty” awaits me.

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