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finding oneself/body and identity/creativity

My name is Samantha (Sam) Beebout. I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and that has given me some perspective on feeling like I'm from the middle of nowhere, but also feeling like I can escape the rest of the world when I go home, especially when I'm out in the country. I'm analytical and like to turn things over and over in my mind. I like to make leaps of faith, and I can be stubborn and open-minded at the same time.

I'm really interested in my position in life right now about to graduate and trying to figure out what I want to do, where I want to do it, and who I want to do it with. I'm fascinated with this phase in particular because its so tied into me deciding who I am and who I want to be as an individual, and my sense of self is always in flux.

I'm also interested in how the body effects ones sense of self. This can go several ways. I'm interested in body image, but also the literal experience of being in ones body and the way senses, or limitations of one's senses, influence one's identity.

Finally, I'm interested in understanding where creativity comes from and the whole nature versus nurture pull behind talented people. I don't really have one thing in mind, I'm thinking artistic/musical talent, but I'm also interested in people's strengths and interests.

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