Fall Semester Recap: On Your Honor


Check out that byline!

Last semester I wrote my first piece of long-form journalism– a 4,000-word exploration of the Honor Code at Hamilton College. This was a drastic departure from the 300ish-word articles I usually write for the school paper, so I was initially intimidated by the breadth and depth of the project. (I also thought the topic was super dry…. Academic integrity? Who wants to read about that? I recognized that it was an important topic, but I didn’t know how I was going to make the story matter to readers. Cheating and plagiarism is a Big Deal; people get fired from jobs and kicked out of universities on the regular for this stuff. But how could I make this dry topic more appealing?)

The project started coming to life with each interview I conducted. Everyone I spoke with during formal and informal conversations shared unique anecdotes and opinions about the Honor Code. The challenge, for me, was consolidating a myriad of perspectives into a coherent narrative. 

Click HERE to see the end result! (Surprisingly, I got some compliments from people other than my blood relatives…! Wahoo!) 


I passed! (to be explained later!)

Look at that! Hamilton College mentioned on a metro map!! Too crazy so I had to snap a shot like the tourist I am. My program is located on rue de Chevereuse and today was the first day of orientation. Exciting to meet up with the other students (all are from Columbia and Barnard and are confused how I snuck my way in!) Learned about wifi and phones and other not-so-fun stuff. I think we get to go on excursions later in the week.

Here are some pictures of my host “brother”. He wouldn’t let me take a real picture of him so he would put a cloth in front of his face at the very last moment.

Doesn’t he look like this guy??

The babysitter (cousin of my host brother) had dinner with us and said she had a test for all of the visiting students who live with my host family. She asked me, “Est-ce que tu connais greeis aanatomy?” For a second I thought she had said something in French but then I realized she meant Grey’s Anatomy, the TV show! So of course I passed! 🙂