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.

Becoming an Auditory Storyteller

This week I learned how to tell stories through audio which is something that I was kind of scared of, but it ended up being more fun than I expected! First I watched and listened to different sources to learn about audio storytelling. Then, I listened to an episode of the podcast Modern Love and paid attention to the techniques they used to enhance the story. Next, I made three of my own audio stories: Unprecedented Volcanic Eruption Lights Up Iceland’s Sky, A Relaxing Day at Sky Lagoon, and An Exciting Drive! Finally, I completed three daily creates.

Overall, this unit was very fun, and I liked it much more than I expected. I never realized how much of a story could be told simply through audio, but watching, listening, and creating my audio stories made me realize that.