Archive for June, 2012

Here is my thoughts on the Scholarly Biography Assignment:
My getting to interview Jennifer, as well as getting to work with her briefly, was a great experience.  When I first met her, I was not sure if she was a pencil pusher that just happened to be the Sustainability Coordinator at Lane Community College, or if she had a genuine interest in helping the environment.  I soon learned that she had a unique past and career path.  From once taking a good, probably high paying job, to her decision to give up that career due to her ethical views shows her love of the environment and world around her.  From her chemistry degree, to her love of the sciences, to her passion to make a difference in the community and world, it is clear that we have a lot more in common that I had first thought.
This experience has taught me that careers can have their twists and turns, and while you might head down one path when you begin your career, you might stop, turn around, and head right back to where you started, finally taking another path that you didn’t the first time around.  I think that my group could also learn from this biography.  They could learn that career paths are not always a straight road.  They can have many curves and dead ends before one reaches the home stretch.  However, with hard work and sacrifice you can make it to that final downhill straightaway, and coast to the finish line.
Interviewing Jennifer for this biography and learning about how she reached her position has taught me a lot.  Doing so has taught me a lot about what it takes to be a scholar and what it is like to be in a community of scholars.  It has been a privilege to work with and get to know a little about Jennifer and I am thankful for the experience.