1 week until we leave for Turkey! I’m so excited to
go! This will be my first time abroad, so it’ll be a new experience for me.
Though I am excited, I’m also a little nervous. Have you ever seen the show
LOST? Ha, just kidding.
We leave on Monday the 12th from Richmond
and fly to JFK in New York. From there, we have a 10 hour flight to Istanbul. I
wish planes weren’t so scary! We leave Turkey on the 26th, so we’re there
for 2 weeks. We are “hugging the coast” as Dr. O’Neill says. We’ll be visiting
A LOT of places, such as Istanbul, Troy (yes, the Trojan Horse!), and Ephesus.
During this first week of J-Term, we are covering 4 millennia
of history! It’s a little overwhelming; thankfully, I have a little bit of
background in the material. Today we covered the Bronze Age and tomorrow we’re
going over Greece. We’re also going to cover the Roman and Byzantine periods. Then
we have our midterm on Friday. Our final is the Friday after we get back.
One of our other graded assignments is an on-site group
presentations. My best friend and I are giving our presentation on Pergamon,
which is the one we really wanted. The last part of our grade is participation,
which obviously includes participating in discussions, etc. It also includes a
journal that we have to keep while we are actually in Turkey. I’m actually glad
that this is a graded assignment, because otherwise I don’t think I would keep
a journal of my time there, and I think it’s a really great thing to do to
remember the experience.
That's it for now. I'll try to write again before we leave on Monday.