Sophomore Shadow Trip

Over Spring Break, I traveled to New York with the Sophomore Shadow Program. A trip organized and paid for by Beloit College. In New York, I was hosted by Eva Crawford, a Beloit alumni who works at AFS-USA, a study abroad organization. Eva works in the marketing department with eight other people. I shadowed her for two days. During this time, I was able to learn about and work on some of the team’s ongoing projects.

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Photo by Leeanna Shultz

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Comfort is Overvalued

In the past week I have received the message, “Comfort is overvalued” twice.

First, within Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life, a book which promotes self-discovery as a means to developing one’s career. Roadtrip Nation, the author of the book, is an organization that organizes cross country road trips where participants have the opportunity to meet with professionals who practice their passion. Within these stories I was moved by the way that many of these professionals re-made themselves based on their evolving interests.

The second occasion was at a Black Lives Matter talk about whiteness. The panelists were discussing civil discourse, and recognizing that it is not irregular to feel discomfort when discussing identity. It is fine to feel discomfort, even anger, but to learn, you need to stick around and participate in a dialogue in spite of discomfort.

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Understanding Race

Studying anthropology and sociology this past year I have been exposed to several great resources that have helped my develop my perceptions about the formation and implications of race in America. Racism remains a huge problem in the United States. At Beloit College, my proximity to discussions about race has been an invaluable part of my college education.

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What does it mean?

Eighty percent full represents a health concept, which refers to when you should stop eating. This tactic is used in Okinawa, Japan, one of many Blue Zones around the world renowned for human longevity.

The reasoning behind this principle is that it takes 20 to 30 minutes to realize how full you are. When you feel 80 percent full that is an indicator that you should stop eating so that you don’t overeat. Americans in particular, have a propensity to overeat, so using this skill would be one way to eat less and live healthier. (more…)