2010 Freshman Celebration

California State University, Northridge

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"Facing Freshman Year": Reading emotions on people’s faces is difficult for Christopher (the narrator of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time). Recognizing our emotions and seeking help is a key survival skill for first-year students. We researched causes behind the 40% four-year graduation rate and made a display of faces and stories demonstrating emotions we have felt this semester.

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Grand Prize winner: “Are we self-defined, or are we defined by our interaction with others?” This project asked students to explore their identities and self-image by spending time in a wheelchair or without the use of one arm or as if they were blind, in order to experience themselves in a radically different context.

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“Children’s Books about Autism: Playing with my Friend.”

After reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, our class discussed the challenges children might have understanding their friends with autism spectrum disorder. Utilizing Holly Robinson Peete’s book as a guide, our U100 class decided to write four separate books, each focusing on a different aspect of autism. Each book also suggests how to effectively manage a friendship despite that challenge.

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SAFE HAVEN: Chain Link Gallery Projects

“I really like little spaces. Sometimes when I want to be on my own I get into the airing cupboard outside the bathroom and slide in beside the boiler and pull the door closed behind me and sit there and thing for hours and it makes me feel very calm.”

—Christopher Boone
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

For this project, students were asked to photograph their own safe haven and then write about it.

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Projects from Summer 2010 Early Start students. “By exploring the diversity of ourselves and our culture we find that we are all members of various tribes. Our membership both separates and unite us!”

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Dance performance, part two: three soloists respond to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Together, they suggest that our differences as humans are not insurmountable.

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Dance performance, part one: three soloists respond to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Together, they suggest that our differences as humans are not insurmountable.