Name: Ashley Emery
Year: Class of 2015
Majors: International Studies and Spanish, History
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
A Day in the Life
8:45am: Good morning, Baltimore! Wake up, get ready for the day, listen to country music, and review my notes for my two upcoming presentations today. My living room, complete with the most comfortable couches you could ever imagine.
9:45am: Apple in hand, head to the library. I print out my notes in my favorite study spot, B level, and meet up with my friend Erica in Brody Learning Commons to do some work and chat. I rehearse my presentation for my Women in Modern Chinese History class.
11:00am: Head to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for work as part of my senior internship! As a senior intern, I help out in the office in various ways, whether that be delivering information sessions or writing blogs!
1pm: JiGL ticket sales. I am a part of JiGL, a Jewish organization on campus that plans social events around different Jewish holidays. Tomorrow night, we have an event to celebrate Purim, so I head to the Gilman Atrium to help with ticket sales.
1:30pm- 3:50pm: Women in Modern Chinese History. This course focuses on the experiences of Chinese women in the twentieth century and on how writers and politicians have portrayed women’s experiences for their own political and social agendas. Today, I have a presentation on my final paper topic, which centers on femininity in Chinese Cultural Revolution memoirs intended for an Anglo-American audience. Through an East-West comparative framework, female authors of externally published memoirs embrace this demarcation and freedom of expression to expose their experience as a woman, their oppression, and their sexuality.
4:00pm- 5:30pm: Brody Learning Commons to review for my next presentation in my United States Intelligence Community class. I meet up with my roommate, Nina, so that we can walk over to class together.
6:00pm- 8:30pm: United States Intelligence Community: Theory and Practice. This course is held in the ROTC building through the military science department, and focuses on examining the strategic functions of the intelligence community, the intelligence cycle and collection methods, unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, and special operations. My friends Nina, Hannah, and Sydney are in the class with me. Every class, we discuss regional events that are currently affecting domestic national security. I am presenting on tensions between Iraq and the United States over how to battle ISIS, which came to the forefront this past Tuesday as Iraqi officials declared that they would fight ISIS on their own timetable with or without American help. This decision follows the lack of involvement on the part of the United States in the Iraqi counteroffensive in Tikrit.
8:45pm: Nina and I decided to have a very late dinner and make zoodles with our friend Emily. We used a spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini, and roasted tons of vegetables for a delicious dinner. Sofi and Erica, who live in the same apartment building as me and Nina, come to relax, hang out after a long day, and debate the likelihood of having a snow day tomorrow. (We did!!)
11:45pm: Watch an episode of House of Cards before bed… Good night!!