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Uncategorized Davidson soccer player goes for a header

The use of data to make decisions in sports is nothing new, but the technologies now available to measure athlete performance and interpret data have come a long way. This summer, we interned under the guidance of professor Tim Chartier for Athlete Intelligence, a sports technology and data analytics company…

Lessons Learned Summer Odyssey trip to Max Patch

“Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the unknown, and it is your first bond with the…

Dean Rusk Sarah Gompper '18 photographing street art in Berlin

Hello, Davidson Community! It’s Sarah Gompper here, writing on a rainy afternoon from my tiny room in Berlin. I designed an independent summer journalism project after feeling a bit bummed that I didn’t go abroad during the year. I ended up receiving a Dean Rusk Grant, and now I’m here…

Study Abroad Victor-Alan Weeks performing with rap group NXT LVL

“Passion is the mission when looking for singularity. You looking like a drone. Oh boy! That’s hilarity. I’m asking life to marry me… It’s a proposition, cause we need more brothers who itching to chase ambition…” That’s a snippet of a rap I wrote and released a little over two…

Lessons Learned The road to Manzanar, a WWII relocation center for Japanese-Americans

On Feb. 19, 1942, 75 days after the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed an executive order creating “war relocation centers,” designed to confine “threatening” domestic groups. This wartime law concerned Japanese-Americans. Facing hostility, families had to choose: stay in the “safety” of your own home, or move…

Uncategorized Chris Johnson celebrates on field

Should they stay or should they go? “Ultimately” not a hard choice for the DUFF (Davidson Ultimate Frisbee Folk) seniors, whose crew team made it to the USA Ultimate national finals tournament… scheduled for graduation weekend.

Dean Rusk Candles in street

Ever since my first day of Saturday morning German school, I’ve looked forward to traveling to Germany to experience the culture I’d grown up only hearing about. And ever since the first presidential election I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the day that I would be able to cast my own vote and have my voice heard. For me, these two long-awaited, much-anticipated events coincided.

Lessons Learned The Chen family

Dear incoming freshman,

You are about to experience one of life’s great transitions—far greater than any (cringe-worthy) middle and high school moments you have experienced to date. As you prepare to leave home and enter the mysterious ecosystem of college, a bit of advice: Remain aware that although the road that leads there is an eventful and exciting one, it also ends faster than you’d ever think possible.

Lessons Learned Aerial view of Main Street in Davidson, NC

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds that life on campus can induce claustrophobia. The academics, time constraints and being surrounded by the same 2,000 students every single day can get old. We talk about the “Davidson Bubble” on campus a lot, but what is Davidson like when…

Study Abroad Charlotte Kaufmann with London skyline

When people think of London they may think of the Queen, Big Ben, double decker buses, the tube and tea. And of course the accents. But rarely do people consider London an exotic location for study abroad. After I decided to study abroad junior fall, I narrowed my choices to London…

Lessons Learned Prof. Durwin Striplin

The great musician, Duke Ellington, once played a song titled “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.” I am constantly reminded of this, looking at my yearly faculty photos, where I see myself gradually transforming into a gnome! We almost take it for granted that we can access massive information storehouses…

Lessons Learned Andrea Shill

On day one, I gave my parents a quick hug and waved goodbye as if I was leaving for the weekend. As I watched them walk away, I was tempted to run after them, hide in the trunk and go home. Instead, I distracted myself with what seemed like meaningless small talk questions…

Dean Rusk Green bridge overlooking lilypad pond in Givenry, France

My summer experience was set in motion last fall, when I traveled with Davidson’s program based in Tours, France, and we made an excursion to the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, just over an hour northwest of Paris. With every passing minute, winding through the most amazingly beautiful garden I’d…

Dean Rusk Aerial view of Victoria Falls

In only the span of a month, I’ve watched four vaginal deliveries, the insertion of a uretic catheter and an autopsy. Wow! This summer, I traveled to Africa with Dr. Secret, Dr. Case, and eight other Davidson students for the Davidson in Zambia program. After a 15 hour flight to Johannesburg,…

Entrepreneurship A single lit hanging lightbulb in a group of lightbulbs

Even though I grew up in Silicon Valley, I never thought of myself as a tech kind of gal. While it was cool to live near Google, Apple and Facebook HQ, I didn’t have much interest in computer science, which I assumed was a prerequisite for 99 percent of the…

Entrepreneurship Main square in Sofia, Bulgaria at night

If you asked me just three months ago what I would be doing this summer, I would have never imagined I’d have the opportunity to intern in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. When I received my internship offer from Dronamics, a startup that develops unmanned cargo aircraft, I was a…

Entrepreneurship Bar graphs and line charts with tablet

Living alone for the first time is hard enough.  Living alone for the first time, working 40 hours a week in an industry you’ve barely touched – data analytics (as a likely English major) – that’s a little harder. But like most Davidson students, I like a good challenge. Had…

Davidson Research Initiative Tyler-Tallman Hall stage with grand piano

“Are you okay?” is often what I’m asked when someone I don’t know well passes me and notices that I’m mumbling to myself in German. To most of my friends, my mumbling doesn’t really come as a surprise anymore. It’s something that I’ve been doing since spring semester when I…