My name is Rachel Craft and I’m a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m from suburban Philadelphia, about 5 hours from BC. I’m a history major, a french minor, and maybe an art history minor as well. This fall I’m taking 4 classes, although one is a “double” so technically I’m taking 5. I’m taking Western Cultural Tradition (part of the honors program requirements, it’s a double credit class), Islamic Civilization, US Bill of Rights (both history classes), and a French class called Artists and their Writings, all about artists such as Van Gogh and the relationship between their writings and their art. It’s a good balance between small discussion and lecture format, although even in my Islamic Civilization lecture, they ask questions and people participate. Last year as a freshman I took art history for the first time and loved it, so I’m hoping to have time to take some more and add a second minor. But, if not, there are plenty of opportunities for art in my major, and within my minor. Both Islamic Civilization and my French class this semester have visual/artistic components.
In terms of other activities, I volunteer with the Student Admissions Program (SAP), and with the Red Cross, but my main activity is that I’m a coxswain for the Men’s Crew team here at BC. It’s a serious time commitment, but one of my favorite things at school. I had never been a part of crew or rowing before coming to BC, and I barely knew what a coxswain was. FYI, a coxswain is the person who steers the 4 or 8 man boats, and acts as a coach within the boat, talking over a microphone to correct technique, keep the rhythm and motivate the rowers. I ended up trying it last fall, and loved it! Despite the fact that I get up very early (5:35 on weekdays), I love my team and what I do. This year, one of my goals is to find some more activities to take part in on campus as well, but crew has given me something to be passionate about, to be very involved in, and I have found some amazing teammates, mentors and friends.
It’s a beautiful time to be in New England, the leaves are changing but it’s not cold yet, and I’m going to take advantage of the sunshine and do some reading outside before my next class. Email or post with any questions, now’s the time to ask!