Category Archives: “Electronics, Emerging Adulthood, and the Environment” Summer Research

These posts were written throughout the experience of summer research sponsored by Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) at St. Olaf. In collaboration with Professor James Farrell, this research was a follow up to Farrell’s 2010 book “The Nature of College.” The central question throughout the summer was; “Why don’t Emerging Adults do Politics?”
Examining the literature written about the Emerging Adulthood 18-25 year-old cohort, our research explored the societal feedback loops of conflicting expectations my generation faces. In understanding these expectations, we were able to better understand how Emerging Adults might be targeted for future civic engagement, political involvement, and as the drivers of social change.

Rethinking the “Average”

shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html My Mom sent me this video yesterday. Full of quick witted jokes and profound musings about the question of the “average,” Shawn Achor’s TED talk tells us that we can change our formula for happiness and success–taking control of … Continue reading

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School of Khan

I can still remember the taste of chocolate on my tongue as I fought back the tears brought on by trigonometric functions and page after page of scratched out formulas on yellow sheets of paper ripped from the pad. Joel … Continue reading

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Cradling Tea Cups and Polishing Trophy Kids

Dreaming about life after college, I often find myself fast-walking to the other side of crosswalk white lines as I tilt my chin skyward to gaze into perfect blue. The soundtrack is always something reminiscent of the Arcade Fire’s “Ready … Continue reading

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Thinking in Thoreau: A Journal Excerpt and Reflection

(The following is taken from an entry in my usually “personal” journal) 6/11/11 I took the GRE practice test today and felt like an idiot. I sat there staring at the screen and trying to come up with a concise, … Continue reading

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Prezi Part Two

After my first love affair with this innovative presentation tool, I’ve decided to continue to develop my “Prezi skills” in preparation for a presentation about my summer research that I am giving tomorrow. Doing this project has helped me to … Continue reading

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Robot Romanticism

Last Saturday I sat across from my Grandfather at a round table covered in checkered cloth.  Watching trains whir past outside of restaurant windows, conversation flowed easily as my family enjoyed a brunch of oatmeal, eggs, and french toast. With … Continue reading

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