Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors




Rain transformed the dusty trail outside our trailer into a highway of sediments speeding and settling. Inside the trailer I pulled on my boots and raincoat while my dad slipped into a larger version of his own. Then, with my two brothers, we embarked in puddle play. Aimed at impeding the torrent, we employed any object; rocks, branches, wood chips, even our own wet boots and hands. Eight years old, maybe nine and I knew nothing about erosion or sedimentation, only that rain brought the stream and the stream brought puddle play.

I hold this memory, feeling its grainy texture between fingers of thought, rubbing and smearing it across my imagination. Smelled, tasted, and stretched into a thick ribbon.



Faculty Mentor

Chris Conte

Departmental Honors Advisor

Sue Shapiro