Hello, and welcome to my Humanities portfolio! This portfolio is a compilation of my work from throughout the winter semester, as well as some new creative writing and personal artistic exploration. I’ve decided to connect each piece in this collection to the theme of embracing discomfort. Discomfort, defined as mental or physical uneasiness, has been a central idea in both my journey through this course and my own personal life. I have experienced discomfort both mentally, through complicated discussions and difficult readings, and physically in my own body. But it always passes, and I come out feeling stronger and grounded in myself.
Throughout this portfolio, I examine how discomfort affects our relationship to both our own bodies and others’ bodies. Additionally, I explore how embracing discomfort exands our ability to empathize with people who are different than ourselves and enables us to have difficult conversations. With this in mind, I invite you, reader, to embrace any discomfort that comes up while navigating this domain or in your own life. Acknowledge it, sit with it for a moment, then let it go. If you weather the storm, there may be a rainbow waiting on the other side.
I would like to thank Professor Robb, Professor Green, Professor Fache, Professor Tamura, and Professor Denham for all of the time and dedication they put into the program during this first semester. Additionally, I would like to thank all of the Humanities faculty, fellows, and my peers for enriching my experience in this program and for challenging me to think and learn in new ways.
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