This fall is my last season running cross-country on a team. It has been such an essential part of my Kalamazoo College career and I’m making sure to be grateful for every day that I run. Cross-country has allowed me to experience the streets of Kalamazoo in a completely different way – well, mostly allowed me to experience one-way streets backwards.
We even had a home meet right here in Kalamazoo (a first in some eight years!). The team had a lot of fun making a promotional video for people to come: check it out here!
This quarter has been particularly busy because I had to complete my Senior Individualized Project (SIP).
I completed a summer practicum SIP through the anthropology/sociology department. My SIP examines the relationship between modernity and agency in the context of youth leadership programs. The summer practicum SIP allows students the opportunity to further explore a research question through the means of literature and an internship/practicum-based experience. For instance, I was able to use my experience in Querétaro, Mexico as a global youth program leader to further understand the youth and the ways in which they can make long-lasting global friendships.