Hello! I’m Leah Welch and I’m a sophomore this year. I’m a history major with minors in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies. In my free time, I like to cook/bake new things, read, get outside to hike or kayak, spend time with friends (nowadays over zoom for the most part), and play video games and/or board games with friends.
Week three and week four both look interesting to me! As a history major, I get excited to read primary sources. The week on narrative and scholarly communication also sound intriguing! It looks like we’ll be looking at websites and ways to publish information for internet users to access. Both the geospatial analysis and mapping week and the week on podcasting are intimidating to me. Podcasting sounds fun, but I’m not a huge fan of listening to my own voice.
I have a different relationship to online learning than most people I know. I actually took all my classes online throughout high school. It did teach me a lot about discipline, independence, and motivation. But I was really happy to be on campus last year and to have the discussions in the classroom. I enjoyed staying afterwards to talk with my professors. While I think my high school experience set me up well for college level courses, I do think that there’s something about being in the classroom that cannot be replicated online. There’s a certain energy and active learning experience that is only found in a physical room.
We are doing what we have to do at this point, of course, and I think we’re doing as well at it as we can. It does make this class feel more relevant and appropriate though! Historians should take advantage of the technology we have now, though it seems they can be reluctant to do so.