Independent Study Night
Nineteen students and their faculty mentors welcomed the Berkshire community to the Berkshire Hall atrium on Thursday, May 17 to see the results of the Independent Study projects for 2011-2012.
Click here to view a slideshow from the night.
“It was my pleasure to share my passion for music with Berkshire community. At the end of the day, I was bit tired but proud of myself.” Michelle Jung ’14 Advanced Music Theory
“Lots of kids came to talk with me. Some of them had a history test coming up that included the Battle of Midway, so I got to explain it several times. They seemed to understand better when they could see my model of the battle plan.” Charles Yorke ’13 World War II: Pacific Theater
“I was surprised to see so many parents—and I was really happy that lots of students came by to talk with me about my project.” Charlotte Weill ’13 Fashion History and Design
“Through my project, I had a great insight to the Berkshire community in terms of international students’ social aspects. Most of the people were interested in it—and I corrected their prejudices, probably, in terms of race or nationality.” Jae Seung Lee ’13 Ethnic Enclaves in Multicultural United States
"You start an independent study as a student endeavoring to master an non-traditional subject, and then you become a spokesperson while sharing it with the rest of the community. In my case, I discussed the capabilities of the Dixon Observatory. Reflecting back, my ability to be an adequate speaker on the subject originated from my many nights stargazing. If carried out with effort, an independent study provides another life role for you to try out. Two roles. One class. Independent Studies." Sam Cabot '13 Advanced Astro-Imaging
- a screenplay adapted from an 1890 stage play by Maurice Maeterlinck (Nik Rhodes ’12 and Lasse Krause ’12)
- sketches of fashion designs inspired by famous designers, and garments created from thrift-store finds (Charlotte Weil ’13)
- posters and research papers (Korean Education: Bradley Keum ’12; Zebra Mussel Biology: Hayden Provost ’12; Advanced Spanish Literature: Akash Bharwani ’12)
- Images from space captured through the telescope at the Dixon Observatory (Sam Cabot ’13)
- “Human English-to-French translators” (Simon Jia ’12 and Juan Escobar ’13)
- Sketchbook and photos of the process for creating a large Bear Mascot sculpture (Eli Merritt ’12)
- Charts and analysis of the multicultural community at Berkshire (Jae Seung Lee ’13)
- Lesson plans based on cognitive abilities, instructional materials, and photos of Undermountain Child Care students (Taylor Sorensen ’13)
- Three-dimensional Battle plan for WW II Battle of Midway Island (Charles Yorke ’13)
- Poster explanation of Music Theory curriculum and voluminous notebooks displaying theory notation exercises (Michelle Jung ’14)
- Photos and written interviews with chefs at Berkshire and beyond (Ximena Lascurain ’13)
- Equipment, posters, and interactive taping station to demonstrate aspects of Athletic Training (Kelly Dempsey ’12, Alex English ’12, Kelsey West ’12)
- An array of items—hard hats, architectural renderings, roster of “The Construction Family,” building materials, sketches—related to the architecture and engineering of the new Math/Science building and upcoming renovation of Berkshire Hall for the arts (Tom Harrigan ’12)
Click here to learn more about the Independent Study program at Berkshire. Students who are interested in pursuing an Independent Study Project, in addition to their regular scheduled courses, in 2012-2013 may email Linda Bellizzi, director of the program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.