I’m Ian Rolls, a current first year at Davidson College (as of May 2020), and I’m from the beautiful city of Denver, CO. I absolutely love the outdoors, especially taking long bike rides into the mountains during the summer. I love baking, my family, and skiing. A large part of my identity stems from the influence that growing up in Colorado has had on me. What stands out most to me is the unexpected friendliness of Coloradans. People will stop to talk with you no matter what they are doing, and there is a constant exchange of stories between Coloradans, strangers and friends alike. Therefore, my theme for this portfolio is Colorado: the effect that stories, and beauty have on each other. As the aesthetics and beauty of this state and the stories that are exchanged define so much of who I am and what I enjoy.
This digital portfolio encapsulates my experience during the 2019-2020 Humanities course offered at Davidson. The class is structured such that we have eight units taught by eight different professors, each unit focusing on a specific artifact. At times I felt that the units were isolated, and I couldn’t quite understand the reasoning behind the organization and placement of the different units. In this portfolio, I hope to connect my experience of the units together, to find some organizational theme that allows me to organize the units myself. Specifically, crafting my definitions of Revolution and Humanities forced me to find connections to each unit that evolved my understanding of the course. I would recommend viewing my definitions first, as they offer a framework for my experience in the course. Next, I would recommend viewing my “Something New” tab to explore the creative works that I made in connection with the Humanities course. Finally, I would look at the revised works and research papers which are more formalized examples of the work that I have undertaken in the course.
I would like to thank all of the professors that taught lectures and led discussion sections; they really made this class enjoyable and created interesting and engaging discussions. Specifically, I would like to thank Dr. Denham for not only organizing and teaching the course, but also being so understanding, an incredible friend to all of us Humesters, and helping us through the ups and downs of freshman year. I am incredibly thankful to have you as a professor.