DSEMs Do the Big Apple

September 27, 2019

Yoel Ovaeya (’23)

 

What DSEM are you in?

I am in the DSEM "Are We Alone?" with Professor Rosan.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or too late?

I left at 9 in the morning and I felt that it was too early since I felt like I was still asleep.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to the Museum of Natural History. I thought that it was neither bad or good. I felt engaged in the beginning of the trip when we saw the biggest meteorite to hit the United States, but I got bored during the rest of the trip. We also went on a scavenger hunt which was fun.

Do you think where you went related to your class?

We saw a planetarium so it directly related to our seminar regarding alien life.

What were the downsides of this trip?

I wouldn’t say that it was bad, but I also wouldn’t say that it was very good either.

Would you go back to this place again?

I feel during this trip that I learned more about city transportation and outer space than I would have without my class, but I wouldn’t go back again.

 

Santiago Zapata-Gomez (’23)

 

What DSEM are you in?

I’m in "Latinos in Hollywood" with Prof. Rosales.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or too late?

We were supposed to meet at 8:30 a.m. to walk over to the train station and take the 9:10 a.m. train to get to the city but I actually fell asleep and woke up at about 9:30 a.m. So, I called my mother who lives about fifteen minutes away toward the city, so she had to drive here and back. We went through the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan and by the time I got there I had like 15 minutes before the films started. So, I got there at a perfect time.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to Urban World Film Festival on Saturday, which was in an AMC in Times Square. I thought it was really good. I don’t want to say that it was eye-opening since I’ve already been exposed to most of the topics, but it had very repetitive themes about stereotypes and urban representation. Afterwards we went to go eat at a Cuban restaurant.

Do you think where you went related to your class?

My DSEM is called ‘Latinos in Hollywood’ and we watched about 9 short films about latinos, so it directly related.

What were the downsides of this trip?

Our DSEM professor didn't let us roam around. We had to stay with him the whole time or sign off that we were not going to go back to the campus.

Would you go back to this place again?

I probably wouldn’t go back since it involved research that I don't want to do.

 

Ryan Pittari (’23)

 

What DSEM are you in?

I am in the DSEM "Jersey Landscapes" with Professor Lloyd.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or too late?

I took the 10:31 a.m. train. I think that this was a great time because it allowed me to sleep until a decent time and be ready for the day.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to Hoboken and the vessel at Hudson yards. I enjoyed both of these because they both provided spectacular views. I have never been to that part of Hoboken or NYC before. This trip was a lot of fun and I think it’s better that I was with friends that were in my class.

Did the place you went to relate to your Dsem class? How?

My professor chose to take us to these places because it related to the topic of our DSEM which is all about the landscapes of Jersey.

What were the downsides of this trip?

We didn't get to explore Secaucus because our professor did not realize that the train would cost extra.

Would you go back to this place again?

I would go to both of these places again because they provided good scenery and views and allowed me to take great photos.

 

Tabitha Lopes (’23) 

 

What DSEM are you in?

I am in the "Music and Meaning" DSEM. We call ourselves the M&M’s. It is with Professor Weston.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or too late?

I left at 9:45. I thought it was a reasonable time because we got to the city around 12. It was the middle of the day so it wasn’t really too early or too late.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I enjoyed it, but I did not enjoy the project we had to do there. We had to find a piece of artwork-- a painting-- that spoke to us musically, then write about synesthesia, which is the comparison of certain colors and painting styles are the same in music.

Did the place you went to relate to your Dsem class? How?

I felt that majority of the trip didn’t relate because I felt we were learning more about art than music. New York City is so big that there’s so many things we could have done that would have related more to the meaning of the course. I think it would’ve been cool to go to a Broadway pit band show and look at actual music instead of looking at art and then comparing it to music.

What were the downsides of this trip?

Traveling in a large group definitely slows you down and it’s very annoying because, when you’re with family, you have to put up with them. When it’s classmates, I don’t really have to hang out with them for the day, I’m forced to.

Would you go back to this place again?

Yes. I think The Met would be better appreciated if you could go and not have to do a project. You should go and just appreciate the art.

 

Joe Caggiano (’23)

 

What DSEM are you in?

I am in the "Film and the City" DSEM with Professor Kouassi.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or late?

We went at 8:50 a.m. I thought it was too late. We should have left at 7:30 a.m. so we could spend more time in the city.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to the New York History Museum in Harlem. I’m not really a fan of Harlem, but the trip with the class was very nice. I really enjoyed the people and the experience.

Do you think where you went related to your class?

Our professor took us there to see how New York changed overtime and to observe different cultures.

What were the downsides of this trip?

I would have rather gone to 42nd Street to observe all the different cultures.

Would you go back to this place again?

I wouldn’t go back because I don’t really like Harlem.

 

Charlotte Principal (’23)

 

What DSEM are you in?

I am in "Personal Identity and Immortality" with Professor Anderson.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or late?

I don’t think it was too early because I’m used to waking up that time for class, but it would’ve been nice to sleep in a little bit more.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. I wasn’t overjoyed but I wasn’t bad. Some of the exhibits were cool, freaky and weird at the same time.

Do you think where you went related to your class?

I think this was fine regarding some topics that we read about, such as "otherness" and "social identity."

What were the downsides of this trip?

It was really hot in the city.

Would you go back to this place again?

If I were paying out of my pocket, I would rather spend the high price of admission on something else.

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Gabrielle Beshada (’23)

 

What DSEM are you in?

I am in the "German Fairy Tales" DSEM with Professor Kavaloski.

Did you think you left for your trip too early or late?

We left at 9 a.m. but I had to be there by 8:45 a.m. It would have been nice to go at about 9:30 a.m., but it’s not a big deal being up by that time.

Where did your class go? What did you do?

We went to Central Park and looked for certain fairytale themes. There was this one cottage that puts on marionette shows and another area called The Ramble. After that, we walked up and down Fifth Avenue in a German parade. I thought it was pretty cool that we were representing the New Jersey division so we got to be in the front with the banners, New Jersey flag, German flag and NJ Divisional flag.

Do you think where you went related to your class?

I felt that Central Park was loosely related, but you could connect them. It’s just hard to relate to a class about fairy tales. The German Parade related more to the class since the Grimm Fairy Tales are originated from Germany.

What were the downsides of this trip?

I don’t think there were any downsides.

Would you go back?

I would go to Central Park again. If I was going to be part of the German parade again and represent the NJ division, I definitely would.

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