Elissas Journey

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

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Elissas Journey

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

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