2017 Graduates Added to Virtual Plan Room
“The most memorable thing about my Plan process has been the honest process of research and creation,” said Logan Davis ’17, who did his Plan of Concentration in computer science. “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work so closely with such smart, engaged faculty.” Logan was one of 15 members of the class of 2017 to have their Plan of Concentration added recently to the Virtual Plan Room, Marlboro College’s online resource for exploring Plan subjects.
The Plan of Concentration is each student’s final work of scholarship at Marlboro, a challenging, exhilarating, and uniquely rewarding academic experience that invites them to pursue their singular intellectual passions. At the end of a two-year process, each student submits their Plan for formal review by one or more faculty sponsors as well as an outside evaluator with expertise in the subject area.
The Rice-Aron Library has a room dedicated to the bound Plans of Concentration for every Marlboro student, a testament to their diverse scholarly visions. But for those interested in learning more about Plans without access to the library, the college devised the Virtual Plan Room, a collection of summaries, excerpts, and reflections on the Plan experience from some of Marlboro’s outstanding students.
“I remember disbelief at being able to dedicate so much of my energy and attention to a tangible project I cared deeply about, mixed with somewhat regular episodes of panic and overwhelm,” said Krystal Graybeal ’17. Krystal did her Plan in environmental studies, specifically teaching experiential learning courses around food. “You truly can study whatever your heart desires at Marlboro, but be prepared to earn that privilege,” she said.
The Plans added to the Virtual Plan Room for the class of 2017 were chosen based on recommendations by faculty members and the students’ permission, and represent a wide range of subjects. From interdisciplinary Plans in mathematics and philosophy to biology and photography, the Virtual Plan Room allows visitors to filter the Plans included by degree field, for a diversity of individual subjects and perspectives.
“The most memorable part of doing my Plan is the joy I experienced,” said Solomon Botwick-Ries, who did his Plan in religion, philosophy, and Asian studies, specifically “an engaged-Buddist eco-theology of foodways.” Learn more about the Plans mentioned here and more in the Vitual Plan Room.