November 15, 2008

So let me start off by saying that I am in no way a gifted poet. I love reading poetry but have never had a knack for writing it. But, I had a dream a few nights ago that sort of led me to this:

Shutting my eyes to blackness and opening then to a deep, piercing blue,

My hair flowing around me like a sheet of velvet,

With a cool calmness engulfing me, coaxing me to stay.

Transparent bubbles slowly ascent to the surface above,

Floating to the yellow halo, swaying in the waves,

Beckoning me to follow them into the unknown bliss.

 

I have no title, it was just a strange dream about being in the ocean that prompted it. That is all!

People have often asked me why I chose anthropology as my major. I usually get the same comments, such as “Well, that isn’t practical” or “What in the world are you going to do with that?”. Or, there are times when I get a confused look and people then question what anthropology even is.

I went into college as a mass communications major. I had always dreamed of becoming writer. I’ve been writing since I can remember. My first book (which my mom still has somewhere in the house) was entitled “The Dog Tom” and about a lost dachsaund and the children watching him trying to frantically find him. Anyways, I’ve gotten sidetracked. I always wanted to be a writer and believe I still do. I thought mass communications was the way to go to become a writer. I was involved with my high school newspaper and yearbook, so what could be better than becoming a journalist?

I never really knew what anthropology was until I entered college and was placed in “Introduction to Anthropology” with Dr. Davis-Salzarr. On the first day of class she had an entire montage of exactly what anthropology was and what the sub-fields dealt with. Within this montage, she had a quote by Ruth Benedict, which instantly inspired me.

” The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differeces.”

I believe it was at this moment that I changed my major. Some people may think I’m crazy for changing my major and thus, my life just because of a quote. But honestly, I’m happy with my decision. It opened me to a new world of thought and has taught me so much about cultures across the globe. Somehow, I feel more connected. I see the both the stark differences and the vast similarities of people everywhere and I guess I just don’t feel so alone anymore.

 Now, there are the main questions, or the “essentials” that everyone ask me upon hearing what I hold a bachelors in. Do I have a well paying job? No, as of right now I work at Disney, but I do LOVE my job and come into contact with people from around the world on a daily basis. Do I know where I’ll be in 5 or even 10 years? No clue. But, what I do know is that changing my major has made me a better person. Anthropology has strengthened my mind, my morals, my spirituality, and my heart. It has opened my eyes to the world, something I don’t believe mass communications could have done.

November 6, 2008

I can honestly say that I am glad this election is over. I’m so tired of all the hatred, lies, and anger that was spread throughout this election. People have become divided and have thrived off of this negative energy that has been spreading throughout the election. I fear that they may not know what to do now that it is all over. I hope that they can forget their differences and come together…but only time will tell if that will happen. I have great hope in President Obama. I’m very excited to see where the next four years will lead our country. In my opinion, the best man for the job won…but, people on both sides of the fence seem to forget that both Obama and McCain are good men who are just trying to make a change for the better. I have no doubt in my mind that McCain wanted what he thought was best for this country or any doubt that he would have been a good leader. But, I do have to say that I believe Obama is the correct person for the job and over the next four years (or maybe eight!) he will prove that he can bring the change the United States needs.