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.

Modern Love

To learn more about audio storytelling, I listened to an episode of the NY Times podcast: Modern Love. The story was very well-told, and I recognized a few techniques that they used to enhance the story.

The first technique I noticed was the use of music. Before the guest even started telling her story, there was music played in the beginning to set the mood and tone. Then, throughout the episode, there was more music that matched the mood and just enhanced the listening experience as a whole. It also added to the emotional experience of the story which was very intense, and the music helped with enhancing those emotions.

Another technique that I noticed was how the host and the guest talked to each other. Both of them spoke as if they were having a normal conversation and not like they were recording for the show. This is a technique that Ira Glass mentioned in his series on auditory storytelling. Another thing that he mentioned in this series that I noticed the storyteller also did was speaking in actions in order to build suspense. Throughout the episode, I found myself on the edge of my seat because of the suspense that had been built up, and the host mentioned that she felt this way as well. The last thing they did that was mentioned by Ira Glass was not only having the storyteller tell their story but also having the interviewer add their opinions and reactions while also asking questions. This made the story feel more authentic and more like a conversation between two people, and it also created more characters in a way.

Overall, I thought that this episode of Modern Love was very well done, and the techniques used definitely enhanced the experience. Because of these techniques, I was engaged throughout the whole story, and I am also likely to listen to more episodes in the future.