A COLLEGE FOR ADVENTURERS Beyond the Hill, H-SC’s service and adventure program, takes the College’s mission beyond the gates by offering public service trips to students. Since the program began in 2002, more than 360 volunteers have logged a total of 32,680 hours of service in 26 trips. We bring more than two centuries of experience to understanding how men learn best. Our students choose Hampden-Sydney College because they recognize the many benefits of a traditional liberal arts education. Balancing academic rigor and intellectual inquiry with an easy-going community spirit, we encourage open discussion, healthy debate, and a respect for differing points of view. We challenge our students to challenge themselves, to forge their own unique paths while drawing inspiration from the generations who have gone before them here. What does all that mean for the everyday life of a Hampden-Sydney student? It means that you are encouraged to be smart, to grow confident about expressing your ideas, to step up to assume leadership, to take risks in the classroom. It means you examine your beliefs and consider new perspectives. It means you explore all your interests, from economics to English literature to fine arts. It means you make friends for a lifetime from a student body of diverse backgrounds. It means you graduate with maturity and self-awareness, ready to build a life of meaning and commitment. “Hampden-Sydney has exceeded all my expectations and has provided a rich environment for academic achievement, self-improvement, and a brotherhood of a kind and quality found nowhere else.” LUCIAN F. BLOODWORTH III, Sophomore Mountain Brook, AL “No matter the subject, professors encourage classroom discussion, so the students become engaged and excited about the material they are learning.” RYAN C. RODES, Junior, Bedford, VA “Here, you have freedom and trust from the faculty and administration.” GREYSON D. NELSON, Freshman, Media, PA “There are many schools which are good at teaching the liberal arts— but Hampden-Sydney does more than that. Hampden-Sydney trains the soul for life.” MR. & MRS. KEITH B. CANTLEY Parents of Craig, Sophomore, Birmingham, AL CHEMISTRY 104 FROM CAVEMAN TO CHEMIST Just one example of a unique course offering at H-SC, “Caveman Chemistry” offers hands-on exploration of chemical technology from the campfires of the Stone Age to the plastic soft-drink bottle. Students begin by learning how to make fire by friction. Ashes from the fire are processed to produce potash. Limestone burned in the fire becomes lime. Lime and potash make lye; lye is used to make soap, and the process continues, building a miniature chemical industry from scratch.
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