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Student blog: A season full of innovations

Student blog: A season full of innovations
Student blog: A season full of innovations

I’m excited to start this summer and take a break from the busy academic and social life on campus! I’m studying cognitive science at Yale University. For those who have never been exposed to this field of study, I like to describe it as extended psychology. Researchers in cognitive science labs take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the mind, brain, and behavior. As such, students’ curriculum within the major usually varies. We can individually decide on relevant research topics and from there choose specific courses from a fairly diverse selection. These courses range from humanities courses in linguistics and philosophy to STEM courses in economics and computer science. I’m entering my third year of college, when students begin studying their major full-time. With that in mind, I’m excited to commit to my chosen research area. I’ve always found it interesting to explore a connection between cognitive science and the performing arts. I think it would be a full-circle experience if I could combine my love of theater with the research I want to conduct. I’m open to suggestions from any readers!

This summer is all about traveling. So far I have been to the Dominican Republic for an educational and business trip. I took the attached photo during a visit to the Zona Colonial.Student blog: A season full of innovations which is a historic district in the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. Typically, I was fascinated by the artwork and architecture found throughout the country. I also enjoyed connecting with the rich culture and community. Campus life can sometimes feel stagnant and frozen, so I appreciated the abrupt change of environment even more. There were so many new things to learn. I was able to practice my Spanish comprehension and pronunciation and experience new foods and people. At first, I was pretty adamant about not liking plantains. However, after the trip, my mind completely changed. I’m excited to go back and learn even more.

Next, I will be taking a cruise with my family to destinations like CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas. I am excited to see what I will try and experience. By the way, I am also excited to see the production of the ship from Hairspray because the recently released photos and videos from the show look great.

One of my side plans for this summer was to begin researching and talking about a possible play that I would become an assistant director on when I returned to campus. Yale offers a student production program that allows students to direct a wide variety of plays and musicals. These productions are often directed by a team of students who have a budget to work with. I am usually part of the cast of these shows. Some examples are West Side Story, ChicagoAnd The Wizard. However, I think it will be rewarding to expand my experience beyond what happens directly on stage. I think this assistant director position will give me the opportunity to be creative and practice thinking outside the box when it comes to world-building.

After all, I have a lot ahead of me in the summer/next semester and I am approaching the matter with openness and curiosity.

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