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The Experience, David Johnston '19

David Johnston headshot

Hometown: Wethersfield, Connecticut
Majors: English and American Studies double major with a focus on politics, society, and policy
Activities: RefleXion, Wig and Candle, Roosevelt Institute

Favorite aspect of Connecticut College:
Friendly people! When I walk around campus I always see someone I know. It is not hard to meet new people. The same can be said for professors. They really want to help you succeed and are very open to meet with you and to talk about what they do. I have made some great connections with professors, and they have really helped me succeed in and outside of the classroom.

Favorite memory at Connecticut College:
Last fall I was involved in a Wig and Candle (the student-run theater organization) show called “Steel Magnolias.” I was the stage manager for the show which was something I had not done before. I learned a lot from being involved in the production, including how to be a part of a team and contribute to a product. Productions are not just for actors anymore! Plus, working with a great cast and director allowed me to make tons of new friends and have a rewarding and enriching experience.

Favorite activity in New London or the region:
Visiting Washington Street Coffee House in downtown New London. It is a really cozy coffee shop with great coffee, food and pastries. It is a nice spot to get off campus for a little while with friends and get a change of scenery while loading up on much-needed caffeine!

 

What I did for Fall Weekend

Each year the College celebrates the beginning of fall with Fall Weekend, when parents of current students, as well as many alumni, visit campus for a weekend full of events, performances, lectures and more. This year I helped run a booth at HarvestFest, an annual event where clubs and organizations on campus raise money by selling apparel, baked goods, or crafty items. My dad was able to come on Saturday and my mom came on Sunday. It was nice to be able to see both of them and to catch up in person instead of just on the phone. I was also able to reconnect with friends who graduated, it is always nice to see them as well. I was not the only one who appreciated the weekend. Check out this video of students, parents, alumni and friends who enjoyed it as well.  

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Welcoming the new academic year

- The Experience, David Johnston '19  - The Experience, David Johnston '19

As I drive back onto campus for the first time in the new academic year, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of familiarity and of returning home. It feels strange to be back. I have been away for an entire summer but it feels like I never left at all. I park my car and pick up the key to my room this year. I live in Smith House, which is in central campus across the street from Shain Library and the College Center at Crozier-Williams (Cro).

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So, what does a dramaturg do?

- The Experience, David Johnston '19

A dramaturg is someone who reads plays and musicals and does an analysis of the texts to help convey messages and historical context to the cast as well as the audience. In November, I worked as the dramaturg for “Life Is a Dream,” the theater department show at Conn. I came on board in September. Most of the work I did early on was independent research, but I went to some early rehearsals when I was able to go. The show was written by Pedro Calderon de la Barca in 1635, the Spanish Golden Age. My initial research about the time period uncovered themes that were also present in the production–the basic themes of which involve religious ideals, honor and the role of women.

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Making the right choice

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When I started looking at colleges in high school I did not really know where to start. Luckily, my high school had a strong college counseling program. My counselor and I began the college search by talking about what I enjoyed about my school. I really liked that my teachers and almost everyone in my class knew me well. I wanted a similar college experience where my professors took an interest in how I was doing in class.

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Is Tempel Green Greener on the Other Side

- The Experience, David Johnston '19

Picture of the very green grass on Tempel Green with residence halls JA and Harkness is the background.
Advantages of living in south include being right outside Tempel Green

The Connecticut College campus generally falls into two areas: north and south. The Charles E. Shain Library is in the middle. Last spring, as I began contemplating where I wanted to live on campus my senior year, I thought about the fact that I never lived in south campus. So during the housing lottery, I picked a room in Jane Addams (JA) House, the second southernmost residence house on campus. Since moving in I’ve noticed a lot of differences between north and south campus. South campus is close to many of the academic buildings, which helps if you are like me and are running late most of the time. It is also home to Tempel Green, as well as the dining halls in Jane Addams and Freeman House. I am not a morning person so having two dining halls close by makes getting breakfast, which is usually a struggle for me, much easier.

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Fall at Conn

- The Experience, David Johnston '19

It’s that time of year when the leaves change, and the weather cools down. In New England, we are fortunate enough to experience four full seasons, and the College is located in the perfect area to appreciate it. I’ve created a list of places and things to do during the fall season at Conn both on campus and off. Here are some of my thoughts:

 

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A not-as-planned summer internship

- The Experience, David Johnston '19

Last spring I began my search for a summer internship. I was studying in Vienna for the semester, which meant I was unable to meet potential employers for in-person interviews. I applied to several historic preservation organizations, which is something I am interested in pursuing after I graduate, and was offered an internship with Connecticut Landmarks, an organization based in Hartford, Connecticut, that runs several historic properties around the state.

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