written by christie Ngo (peace advisor)
My own experience with my R1B was an incredible one. I approached the list of courses with an open mind, reading the description for anything that sounded interesting and caught my eye. My strategy in finding a class was to look for one that would motivate me to go to class, wouldn’t have a difficult workload, and covered topics that were actually relevant and interesting to me. And that’s how I found myself taking an R1B in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. (Disclaimer: I have no theatrical or performance abilities, save for my critically acclaimed portrayal of Voldemort in a high school English class presentation. Needless to say, I was a whole lot excited and equally nervous about what to expect.) Although this course is generally offered every semester, my class focused on race and politics in contemporary film and dance. And it was amazing. Every week we covered a different film or performance, discussed the implicit meanings as well as contextual background behind scenes, and read articles published by experts in the field. The content of this course differed so greatly from the more regimented I had become accustomed to taking so far as a biological science major, and I greatly enjoyed the change of pace and different mode of thinking.
Regardless of your level of writing ability or interest, I firmly believe that you can find an R&C that will pique your curiosity. Because it is a mandatory requirement for all students, these courses are intended to be relatable to people of all majors and concentrations. Even if you don’t get into the R&C of your choice, approach each class with enthusiasm and an open mind, just like you would any other class. You might just end up learning more than you expected!