Integrated Studies

I was part of the Integrated Studies program during my freshman year of college. I lived in the same dorm (B-building, in Tercero) with the other freshmen (about 70 of them) who were in the program.

As part of the program, we all had to choose one of three classes each quarter and also had to attend some seminars. As it turned out, the fall quarter seminar was about science fiction! We read 1984 by George Orwell, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Later in the year, when we began to think of a t-shirt design, some of our brilliant residents came up with the slogan "B Building I.S. watching you" (after 1984's "Big Brother is Watching You"). Similarly, the address list that I started and maintained was called the Inner Party List. We ended up scaring the other dorms in the Tercero area with our t-shirts.

We were one of the "best" years of I.S., it is said. Perhaps because of all of the classes we ended up taking together (imagine a calculus or chemistry class with two or three rows of I.S. students), we were an unusually close dorm. We still organize massive events... most recently in May 1999, when I.S. (mainly with the driving force of Matt Chan) organized a huge outing (we bought 306 tickets; loyal fans/ISers slept overnight at the movie theater to do so) to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace on opening night. And now, we even have our own web site:!

On campus, I.S. is infamously known as "oh... B Building..." where everyone there is one of those "honors" people and they all end up marrying each other (one of the legends is that an average of seven couples per year of I.S. end up being married). But I remember I.S. as the place where $25, accidentally dropped in the stairwell, gets returned--by two different people!--to the owner; where people (well, just Caleb) ride unicycles down the hallway; where someone (Thomas, for example) might give a bike to someone else who just had her bike stolen (er... like me).

I'm proud to be an ISer.

what I am .:. what I like .:. what I do .:. what I want to be .:. what else? Lost?
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