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Dec 23 2012 - 5:01pm

            For my final project, I want to reflect on a big part of the way I think a lot of us think about the environment (occasionally without admitting it to ourselves). To do this, I have to examine something that we haven't touched on so much in class: fear. One thing I kept coming back to this semester but never really found the time to talk about was the fact that I was having a hard time fully embracing the attitude of "love your environment, go...

Nov 25 2012 - 8:48pm

            My hometown recently released a magazine called "Grown." This is a town in which the class differences are extremely visible and most of the people that live here year-round are not really part of the higher ones, but most everything caters to the wealthy tourists and summer home owners. This magazine, apparently, caters to them, too. It discussed summer programs for high school students at sea, fundraisers for health food stores and local...

Nov 5 2012 - 12:16pm

In my earlier Thoreauvian walk, my examination of Bryn Mawr's campus was restricted to the literal environmental aspects of the school. I looked at trees, I walked, and I let "nature's compass" guide me. Now that I have read more closely into the idea of ecological literacy and have been able to analyze my personal experiences in the context of ecological schools of thought, my early campus exploration seems limited and too literal in...

Sep 9 2012 - 5:02pm

           In order to walk through Bryn Mawr like Thoreau, I began at the center. I felt that as locating the center was an objective of mine, I could not let a predetermined destination interfere with the way nature wanted to take me. Nature was guiding me. Nothing else should be guiding me. Following Thoreau, I wanted to be guided unconsciously by “nature’s subtle magnetism” rather than by an end point. A walk should have no purpose or destination, so I set...


My Teach-In -- Dec 23 2012 - 4:34pm
Trip Reflection -- Dec 4 2012 - 7:39pm
Plastic? -- Nov 29 2012 - 4:18pm
Hidden in Plain Sight -- Nov 15 2012 - 5:02pm
Observations and Tracking Wind -- Nov 5 2012 - 12:49pm
Hurricane Thoughts -- Oct 28 2012 - 4:18pm
Thursday's observations -- Oct 28 2012 - 3:47pm
A Thoreauvian Fairy Tale? -- Oct 7 2012 - 5:02pm
Injured Animal Seeks Shelter -- Oct 4 2012 - 2:56pm
Revisiting: Pinecones, Pineconing -- Sep 30 2012 - 2:13pm
Spidering Spiders -- Sep 27 2012 - 5:03pm
Italicized Distractions -- Sep 20 2012 - 5:04pm
Observing and Hiding -- Sep 13 2012 - 5:00pm
Comfort Zones and Breaking Them -- Sep 6 2012 - 4:59pm


Blind Shuttle Comments -- Dec 9 2012 - 6:46pm
11/5 -- Dec 2 2012 - 12:25pm
4, 5 -- Nov 27 2012 - 8:07pm
field trip reasons -- Nov 11 2012 - 4:14pm
mid-semester evaluation -- Oct 21 2012 - 4:18pm
In both cases you are -- Oct 7 2012 - 5:10pm
Leaving/Leaving -- Sep 30 2012 - 4:59pm
Revisiting: the effects of interaction -- Sep 23 2012 - 5:01pm
I like that you chose "see!" -- Sep 16 2012 - 5:09pm

Self Evalution

Refracting: My Self-Evaluation -- Dec 23 2012 - 5:42pm

It's no secret that I had a strange semester this fall. It started out mostly normal, and just as I was getting used to my new schedule, everything changed. I missed a ton of class to the point at which I wasn't even really sure how to make up for it in the long run. I ended up spending the rest of my semester mostly alone, fluctuating between having too much work to see friends and not feeling well enough to do my work. I think this class more than my others was affected by that.

I am a usually introverted person, but when removed, as I was this semester, from social interaction for a long time I tend to get quieter and more apprehensive to participate in discussions. Seeing as this class was a mostly discussion-based class, this was not a good semester to have experienced this. The bare minimum that I ended up successfully accomplishing in all of my classes was really, in retrospect, not enough for this class. The sensation of participating in an out of class online...

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