Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Eat Your Hear Out, Beethoven

Project Description: Take an existing piece of mucis and and change the instrumentation. This could mean taking an a capella piece, and turning it into a piece for string quartet, or taking a beethoven piece and adapting it for electric guitar bass and drums. You could even take the alma matar and turn it into a bag pipes piece (im sure the school would love that). Once you’ve change up the piece, try playing it, blog about your choices and the thinking behind them, or post a recording on soundcloud.

For this assignment, I changed the instrumentation of the song, Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and changed it into a lullaby. I got rid of the percussion in the song and changed the remaining instruments to bell-sounding instruments.

Once upon a time, a little girl named Iris was afraid for her flight to Iceland. She had never been on a plane before, and certainly had never flown over the ocean. She stayed awake for weeks, unable to sleep because she was so nervous for her flight.

Her mother noticed that she wasn’t getting any sleep so she tried to play lullabies for her, but they never worked. Iris was exhausted and frazzled. Her mother searched on end for the perfect lullaby, and then she found one that had the same name as her daughter. She played the song for Iris and she fell fast asleep by the end of the song.

Once they had collected their ticket at the Iceland Air booth and boarded their plane, Iris immediately played her favorite song and listened through her headphones. She felt soothed and fell asleep once again. From then on out, Iris listened to this song to ease her worries whenever she felt nervous.