College is a series of transformations — moments that change the way you view the world. And yourself. Where better to get a sense of this idealized passage than from the thick of it? In time for everyone heading back to campus, we invited students to tell us their experiences in their own words and pictures. We received about 800 contributions, from freshmen to Ph.D. candidates. Here are a few that struck a chord.
The Learning Tree
- Matthew Scult (Brown): Chemistry for Non-Dummies
- Emily Finn (Yale): How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Linguistics
- Melody Rod-Ari (U.C.L.A.): My ‘Irrelevant’ Field, the Humanities
- Christopher Gilson (U. of Connecticut): Flunking Out, Then Flying
- Slide Show: Pride and Achievement College students submitted visual expressions of their drive, passion and spirit.