Ashley Donovan

Day 10: Bryn Mawr to Philadelphia

Blog Post created by Ashley Donovan on Aug 16, 2016

I was happy to begin and end the last day of running with some company. On the first half of the run I was joined by Haverford College Prof. Robert Scarrow, who showed me around some of the College's chemistry facilities before continuing towards St. Joseph's University. Prof. Scarrow described some of the curriculum changes the College has introduced to enhance the chemistry major, including creating a series of topical courses (such as Chemical Structure and Bonding) to replace the traditional general chemistry course. By trying to make the courses more exciting and engaging for students, the department has seen a substantial increase in the number of majors. A large number of majors perform research in addition to taking the junior-year research-based integrated 'Superlab'.

Upon arriving at St. Joseph's, I met my friend Dr. Tom Umile, a professor at Gwynedd Mercy University outside of Philadelphia. Prof. Scarrow headed back to Haverford as Tom and I took off for the city, enjoying some skyline views along MLK Drive. We ran up the famed art museum steps and enjoyed a view of downtown before completing the journey at the Pennsylvania a Convention Center. It was wonderful to finish the adventure with a friend, and I have greatly enjoyed his company and hospitality today. The trip to a surprisingly calm Reading Terminal Market was a bonus!

Tomorrow I hope to visit some of the many schools in Philadelphia--though I'm not sure the faculty will believe I ran here since I may take advantage of the luxury of wearing clean non-running clothes!