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Two Weeks

   From Julianne Murphy on April 17th, 2014

Spree Day In two weeks time many of you will be making one of the biggest decisions of your life thus far. In two weeks you could start a journal, plant a garden, learn how to knit, or, as in Dear John, you could fall in love. May 1st is soon, and so is your college acceptance deadline. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about hearing back from colleges. This is the final step – the decision. By now I am sure you have compared the academics, location,  extra curricular activities, retention rates, financial aid packages, dorms, diversity, etc. So then what is left? Which piece is the most important to you? What are you looking to get from your college experience?Perhaps it is academic rigor, a widespread range of majors and courses, or being close to a city and all of its resources. Do you want to join a particular club or get involved with community outreach? How about dorm life and, specifically, the freshman year experience. Do you want to graduate with the least debt possible? The majority of these questions have quantitative or qualitative answers that can easily be researched and found. What I suggest you look at is all of the other stuff that may not be as obvious at first. I’m talking about the things that don’t have strict answers – things like the people and the culture. These things are what set all of your choices apart. After all, college is  [ More ...]

Unfinished Business in Madrid and Barcelona

   From Jeremy Levine on April 17th, 2014

I’m writing this morning from a super fancy high-speed train rocketing across the French countryside from Barcelona to Paris. The legroom situation is ludicrously nice (especially compared to my ride from Madrid to Barcelona, during which the gentleman in front of me was exceptionally liberal about his use of his seat’s reclining feature). I’m on this train because my semester at UEA ended about a week ago, and now I have a three-week Easter break. It’s peculiarly long, and so I figured that this was as good a time as any to backpack Europe and see some cities and eat some food and stumble my way through a half-dozen languages. I spent this first week in Spain, but took one day to visit David, my roommate from Clark, in London. I also met Jacob, who worked with me at summer camp a few years ago. We went to a Tottenham Hotspurs game, which was very loud and super fun. Soccer is one of those sports that’s a zillion times better in person. Footie! The Spurs won 5-1, which is apparently very exciting. They seem to lose a lot. Madrid was the first stop in mainland Europe, where I met my friend Idan (one of my other camp friends, made famous in this post). At Tulane University, Idan is a double major in Art History and International Relations, so she’s a really useful person to have around when traveling. She knows all sorts of fun art things, and was my guide through Museo  [ More ...]

A Very Improvisational Weekend

   From Melissa Miller on April 16th, 2014

My weekends usually have a very exciting theme of staying up too late, sleeping in, and doing homework. The exception to this usually falls on weeks where I have shows with the Peapod Squad. Starting on the Monday before our shows, we begin working on planning the games and events for our shows, making Facebook events and painting a sign and making fliers for the University Center. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday usually consist of practicing games, working on opening sketches, and getting generally worked up and excited about our shows on Friday and Saturday. It’s very difficult to get excited about doing anything other than improv.  Peapod Squad lovin’ – we had such an incredible weekend of shows! Our shows this weekend were especially exciting; this was the last set of shows our seniors would have in the Little Center, which Clark’s blackbox theater and is basically the motherland of the squad. All of our practices are in the Little Center, along with all of our shows. We play, laugh, cry and spend a lot of late in the Little Center, and it’s come to be near and dear to our little improvisationsal hearts. Additionally, an old squad member, Tony, came back to improvise with us for our shows. It was great to work with someone who I had never worked with before, because I got to learn a lot of new techniques and see a lot of different styles and ideas. It  [ More ...]

The Next Year

   From Dale on April 15th, 2014

Registration: A Dramatic Reenactment Last week’s post focused on how much is left to do this year. And as much as that’s true, it’s equally true that next year is pressing on everyone’s mind. Yesterday morning, rising sophomores got the chance to register for classes for the Fall 2014 semester. Like everyone else, I got up at 7:45 sharp, eagerly logged in, and… the system crashed. Dang. Well, after some confusion, I’m now registered for the following four classes next semester: GEOG 225, Environmental Politics. This course is taught by Professor McCarthy, who I took Environment and Society with last semester. He was a great professor, and I’m really looking forward to going in-depth on this topic. Particularly, studying the modern intersections of the environmentalist social movement and the environmentalist corporatist stance should be fascinating. PHYS 123, Methods of Physics. Frankly, this one won’t be too thrilling. Professor Mukhopadhyay is a great guy, but this consists simply of the math you need for physics. It’s necessary, important, but not the kind of thing that gets you going in the morning. Fortunately, the class starts at noon, so that won’t be a problem. PHYS 130, Waves, Oscillations, and Optics. In high school, this was one of my favorite units. It just all made sense. On the other hand, we didn’t  [ More ...]

My A: The Ability to Explore

   From Kevin Carriere on April 15th, 2014

I started reading the news every week recently. I mean, I get most of my information from various news sites as it stands – Facebook brings me the local gossip, and every now and then the super achievements of the few high school friends I’ve let survive my under 400 rule (can’t let my friends past 400 on Facebook). Reddit brings me the top posts of the day between /r/pics and /r/worldnews – I do find the basics of what’s happening. But there is something to be said about reading it on paper. It’s funny, because [last post] I talked about how I enjoy being green, it’s not the first thing on my mind. And so to use paper newspapers – I’m just not setting myself up well as an individual, am I? But – I think there’s something to be said about paper newspapers. I’m not an English major, but I do love me some books. There’s that great smell from old books – and a similar smell from newspapers. Is that just my mind knowing that newspapers are slowly dwindling and soon they’ll become obsolete? I’m not sure. You read old newspapers on this thing. Seriously. O.o We have our own newspaper here at Clark, called the Scarlet. One of our other bloggers, Jeremy, does a lot of work within it, so if you have any questions, definitely direct them to him. The Scarlet focuses on news around campus –  [ More ...]

State of Domicile: Denial

   From Stefanie Gough on April 14th, 2014

The end is ‘nigh! …Nigh is the word, right? Less than 2 weeks til the last day of classes. How to celebrate? Well, we already had Spree Day. Which is an old Clarkie tradition where, on the first day of Spring, all classes are randomly cancelled, and seniors run through the halls waking up first-years, and amazing things like bounce houses and ice cream trucks and mid-campus raves populate the area. The best part though? We had a PUPPPYYYYYYY staying at our house!! I’m sorry, I don’t know if you caught that. A PUPPYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! His name was Exo and he was positively the most adorable, friendly, beautiful little friend in the world. It was love!! See?! Other than that, I’ve mostly just been trying to do…everything haha. All the club events and friend-visiting I can muster. If any of you are gonna be in the Worcester area around dinner time, I highly suggest checking out Bocado. It’s a tapas bar with sals Thursdays, and they actually have the most incredible food I’ve had since….I don’t even know. And it all comes in these gorgeous presentations. Like, look at this fried goat cheese, mm?    Too good. I just might have to take my parents there for a graduation dinner Classwork-wise, I’m really almost done. I mean, my last Methods & Teaching class was this morning! The only things I have left are my appeal  [ More ...]

The Warm Blanket

   From Rebecca Liebman on April 14th, 2014

A hospital study found that patients consistently reported having a better experience when a nurse offered them a warm blanket while they were waiting. (Cited here) As patients remembered their experience in a hospital – it wasn’t the surgery or rooms, or food that determined how their experience was – it was the small act of a nurse giving them a warm blanket. I read an article recently about what makes a positive college experience – and I found it to be the truest article about college experiences that I have seen. Sociologist, Daniel Chambliss, found that the same thing was true when people think about their college experience – it’s the little things that make the biggest impact – the warm blanket. Chambliss says, “It comes down to factors like dorm design, friends and extracurricular involvement more than what happens in the classroom.” Here are some of the tips mentioned, that I completely agree with! Live in a first-year residence hall – When you have the option to choose where to live, choose a first-year residence hall. Luckily at Clark, all first-years live together, but if you decide to go somewhere else, keep it in mind. These are places where everyone is new and trying to meet people. There are a lot of activities and common spaces for people to get together. You are bound to meet other students. I loved living in Wright Hall, my first year at  [ More ...]

Keeping it Together During the Final Stretch

   From Amy Yeager on April 13th, 2014

You know that feeling you get when you are running a marathon and your heart is pounding, your legs feel like jelly, and your lungs hurt with each breath, yet because you can just make out the finish line, you keep on running? I don’t, not firsthand at least, but that’s because I’m not a runner. However, the “last burst of motivation before the end” message is understandable without putting myself through the torture of actually running anywhere. Here at Clark, everyone is in the midst of a flurry of end-of-semester papers, projects, final exam preparation, and figuring out annoying end-of-year things like housing and summer storage. Everything that is being done is an arrow pointing towards a flashing neon sign at the end of a dark tunnel, broadcasting the messages of “summer vacation,” “summer employment,” and the exciting but scary “graduation.” Not really.   Because I am a freshman, the “graduation” sign doesn’t fill me with the same degree of excitement/fear as it does to the seniors, but any prospective high-school senior readers can relate. I remember the feeling well. For me, graduation brought on a wave of apprehension speckled with moments of excitement. I was nervous about falling over while getting my diploma, forgetting to move my tassel, and hitting myself in the face with cap,  [ More ...]

Clark Diaries Authors

Kevin Carriere

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major: Psychology, Concentration Religious Symbols.

Campus Involvement: Ballroom Dance Captain, President of Undergraduate Psychology Committee, President of Psi Chi Honors Society of Psychology, Editorial Assistant Culture & Psychology, Honors Project in Psychology.

Reason I Came to Clark: It felt like home when I first came here. I went somewhere else. And even after a year away, if anything, Clark just felt even more at home. Also, I had gotten in contact with a professor and his graduate student through email before accepting, and we all hit it off immediately and now work together all the time.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: I will be finishing my Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology.

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Dulara de Alwis

Dulara de Alwis

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major/Minor: Economics, with minor in International Development and Social Change and Mathematics.

Campus Involvement:  President/founder of ClarkU Investments and Trading Society, Senior Delegate and Award-Winner in the ClarkU Model United Nations Team, and Inducted Member of Fiat Lux Honor Society (2013-2014).

Reason I came to Clark: Good value for money and truly embraces diversity.

Favorite Course Taken at ClarkEconometrics - Though it is unanimously voted as one of the most challenging courses at Clark, econometrics in my opinion is vital for anyone hoping to take economics seriously. Not only is it an unwritten rule to include applied econometrics in economic journal articles,it is also a great scholarly tool to objectively illustrate one’s research findings.

Fun Fact about Yourself: When I was born, I looked directly at the doctor’s face and refused to cry.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Business school.

What makes you a Clarkie: Every orientation week, Dean Zelesky reiterates that Clark offers everyone a fresh start. As someone incessantly seeking to improve oneself in all aspects of life, I like to consider myself a student who has really adopted this idea of “redefinition”.

Link to Dulara’s Blog

Stefanie Gough

Stefanie Gough

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major/Intended Major: Art History & German Studies.

Campus Involvement:Sinfonia, Week One Orientation Coordinator, Communication and Culture Office.

Reason I came to Clark: Actually, that’s a funny story…I was randomly Google searching, found it, and after scrolling through the website for an hour or so I decided I really liked the vibe of the school and the international aspect, and voila! Here I am :)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: I’ll have completed my MPA degree at Clark, will hopefully have an awesome job at some museum or gallery or rolling around in an ice cream truck or something…and will either hopefully have already completed the PCT hike or will be preparing for it.

Link to Stefanie’s Blog

Jeremy Levine

Year: Junior (Class of 2015).

Major/Intended Major: English Major, Political Science Minor.

Campus Involvement: The Scarlet, Concert Band, Sinfonia, Musical Theatre, Quidditch, Scarlet Key (Admissions).

Reason I came to Clark: The short answer? I hadn’t fallen in love with any field quite yet, but I felt that Clark would be the place to do it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Teaching high school English or working as an editorial assistant at a publishing house or a magazine that I believe in.

Link to Jeremy’s Blog

Melissa Miller

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2016).

Major/Minor: Environmental Science and Policy.

Campus involvement: Democrats of Clark University, Clark Concert Band, Eco-Reps.

Reason I came to Clark: When I visited Clark, I didn’t feel like I was trying to be talked into buying a membership to a ritzy country club, and I didn’t feel like the entire admissions staff was trying to drown me in how impressive the school was; Clark simply spoke for itself. Clark was the only university I visited where I didn’t feel like I had to be convinced to go there, I walked on campus and immediately felt like I had arrived at home after a long vacation. The students were comfortable, passionate, and academically driven, but not to the point where the student social life suffered, and that impressed me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years:  Graduated, independent, and out in the world having adventures. In Peru, maybe? Or maybe Belize. Or maybe I’ll move to Oklahoma and start an alpaca farm, who knows?!

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Jessa Green


Year: Junior (Class of 2015).

Major/Minor: Management.

Campus Involvement:
- Work Study at Goddard Library
- Republicans of Clark University (RCU)
- Student Alumni Relations Committee (SARC)
- Clark Diaries and thereby Clark University Admissions! Coolest job around.

Reason I came to Clark: visited Clark when I was 16 and fell in love with it, and when I applied they returned with an offer I couldn’t refuse. The financial aid package was awesome!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: In 5 years, I’ll be 25. I will have graduated from Clark 2 years previously and will hopefully be working my way up the corporate ladder. Probably doing something along the lines of Marketing / Sales (social media marketing!!). Oh, and in my free time I’ll be out and about taking photos of wherever I live.

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Rebecca Liebman


Major/Intended Major: Global Environmental Studies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Campus Involvement:Take Back the Tap, Student Alumni Relations Committee, EcoReps, Student Council, Women’s Club Lacrosse, I&E Program.

Reason I came to Clark: You’re not a number; you’re a whole person!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years:This changes on a daily basis, so live for the day and be happy!

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Dale Watt

Year: First-Year (Class of 2017).

Major/Intended Major: Geography and Physics.

Campus Involvement: Outing Club, Clark Undergraduate Student Council (CUSC), Ballroom Dance.

Reason I came to Clark I found out about Clark through my brother Rian. As I learned more about the school, I decided to apply. Geography has always been a subject I love, and Clark has one of the best (if not the best) programs in the country. Add Clark’s top-notch physics department into the mix, and I knew the school was right for me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years In five years, I’ll probably still be in school. I’m hoping to get a PhD, most likely in Physics or Geography. But that’s not everything I’ll be doing – I’d also like to be traveling as much as possible (if I have the money).

Link to Dale’s Blog


Rian Watt

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major/Minor: Double Major, Economics and Political Science.

Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Student Council (President), Residential Life and Housing (Resident Advisor, Blackstone Hall), CU Admissions (Scarlet Key Society), STIR Magazine (Copy Editor).

Reason I Came To Clark: Because I couldn’t get into anywhere else I wanted to go.  Much more interesting is the reason I stayed, after a first-year performance that would have allowed me to transfer out.  And that is that I fell in love with the sprit that absolutely captures Clark: earnest, unaffected enthusiasm for learning, aided and abetted wherever possible by Clark’s faculty and staff.  It’s my home now, and I couldn’t be prouder of it.

Favorite Spot on Campus: The academic commons, easily.  I have a reputation for sitting in a particular spot – at a tall table right alongside the quiet study room.  It’s relaxed, still social, and I do my best work there.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that some eager first year hasn’t taken up residence there since I’ve been in London.  I’ve missed it!

Favorite Course Taken at Clark:  There’s a couple that really mattered.  The first, chronologically, was ‘Privacy Protection in Law and Ethics’, with Professor DeCew.  I took this couse during my first semester at Clark and loved the depth in which we covered our single issue – privacy.  It was a real introduction to college learning.  In the nearly three years since I took the course, privacy has moved into the national eye in a way that it wasn’t then, and I’ve benefited enormously by having thought about the issue at some length already.

Sophomore year, I took ‘Intro to Statistical Analysis’ with Professor Tan.  It sounds boring as heck – and in some respects, it is – but it allowed me to prove to myself that I was actually good at math (and, more broadly, quantitative analysis). That meant a lot for a kid who came perilously close to failing several math courses in high school.  Plus, Professor Tan is one of a number of folks who pointed me towards the LSE.

Lastly, I can’t fail to mention the second of two courses I’ve taken with Professor Michael Butler, who this year is also doubling as my thesis advisor: ‘Politics of the European Union’.  There’s an intensity to Professor Butler’s teaching that makes learning a real joy; coupled with the high standards he expects of his students, I’ve rarely learned so much so well as I did in this class.

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years: From the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year, five years gets me to September 2018.  Plans change fast, so I’ll be as nonspecific as possible: I see myself finishing my second year of graduate school. If all goes according to ‘plan’, I’ll work for two years after graduation next May, then come back to the States in September ’16 to start my program, whatever it ends up being.


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Amy Yeager

Year: First-Year (Class of 2017).

Major/Intended Major: Biology / Undecided.

Campus Involvement: I hope to get involved with community service in some form, potentially tutoring or working with the elderly. I love reading so some sort of Book Club might be lurking around the corner, and I will participate in almost anything concerning art, if time permits.

Reason I came to Clark: Clark appealed to me because of its size, and the diversity of the student body. I grew up attending small international schools, and I didn’t want to completely abandon those things upon my arrival at college in the United States.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: In five years, I will have graduated from Clark, and will be working towards a Masters Degree in whatever field I end up majoring in. Less importantly, I hope I will have acquired a cat by this time.

Link to Amy’s Blog

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