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Elissas Journey

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A journey of a GRSer presented in GRS class on November 12, 2008.

A journey of a GRSer presented in GRS class on November 12, 2008.

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  • 1. Elissa’s Tipsy Turvey Journey Presented By: Elissa Smith [email_address]
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  • 4. Presentation Overview
    • Personal Reflections
    • Summary of Experiences
    • Good courses at UBC & reflections on GRS
    • Summer on the farm
    • Current struggles
    • What the future has in store
    • Academic interests
  • 5. Personal Reflections
    • Narratives are good for sharing experiences/lessons
    • Ask questions please :)
    • Didn’t really go on exchange…
  • 6. Summary of Experiences
    • I wanted to be a “wise healer woman”
    • Later, I wanted to bridge the gap between environmental science and policy
    • 1st year was hardest year academically
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  • 8. Summary of Experiences
    • Modify “Success”  Redefine “Success”
    • Went on European Youth For Action bike tour
    • Then went back to Guelph for 2nd year
    • Made a list of 6 summer conclusions;
      • science is subjective & constructed
      • the importance of walking the talk as an activist
      • I can do whatever I want to do as long as I try hard enough…
  • 9. Summary of Experiences
    • http: //broweryouthawards . org/userdata_display . php ? modin=50 & uid=99
    • + AGSC 250 = Ego Implosion & Adrenal Burnout
    • Couldn’t reconcile a career in “international climate activism” with my responsibilities to family, farm and community.
    • New gang who valued farming.
    • So much flying. Inconsistent with message.
  • 10. Summary of Experiences
    • Transferred to UBC!
    • Redefined success (slowly)
    • Didn’t seriously volunteer for anything for an entire year
    • “ Climate change” - nauseous & tried to do a SEEDS project and I couldn’t face it.
    • Realized that I’m only responsible for me and that’s okay. Focus on my self - being sustainable.
    • Realized that I don’t have to be perfect to deserve love.
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  • 14. Good Courses to Take
    • FNLG 101 Hənqəminəm with Larry Grant
    • WMST 300 Introductions to Gender Relations with Chris Shelly
    • PHIL 433 Biomedical Ethics with Anita Ho
    • ANTH 304 Ethnography of the Northwest with Bruce Miller
    • SOCI 301 Development & underdevelopment with Jenn Chun
    • Explore Program!
  • 15. Critique of GRS
    • freedom of taking whatever I wanted at UBC.
    • Challenging:
      • background knowledge sometimes
      • Changing study styles and writing styles
    • Overall I was a stronger student (?) broader base of understanding
    • Renaissance woman…
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  • 26. Struggles for me
    • Scared to graduate in less than a month.
    • Still mind/body dualism - Sacrifice body for mind. Quote.
    • Trying not to compare myself to others
    • Work on throat & sacrum chakra
    • If I’m a social construction than is there such thing as authentic desire?
  • 27. Future has in Store
    • Dad retiring in 4 years
    • Farmer, good community member & mom !
    • Sad about midwifery… Massage therapy ?
    • Yoga instructors course ! Doula ! Meditation !
    • Want to learn basic Mohawk eventually.
    • * Journal Entry*
    • Make a healing cooperative on the farm. Employ permaculturists, massage therapists, meditation experts
  • 28. Academic Interests
    • Critical analysis of science as non-universal
    • First Nations Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology & Anthropology
    • Foucault, Semiotics, post-colonial theory, queer theory,
    • Alternatives to industrial capitalism
    • Proportional representation (?)
    • Still happy about learning in academic institutions!
  • 29. Academic Interests
    • Honarariums for art
    • Grants for gender related projects/events
    • Space for chilling
    • Workshops/events
    • Hiring for 3 coordinators - 10 hrs/week. $16. Work study position: resource coordinator, events coordinator and organisational coordinator.
    • www.womynscentre.ca

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