My mind coalesced these concepts during the time spent throughout my experience in the Humanities 103/104 Connections and Conflicts 2018-19 course (HUMES) at Davidson College, and this portfolio is an attempt to sufficiently express this thought process to you…
There is no room for growth in static spaces, and the environment I found myself a part of by joining the Davidson community was anything but static. I attempted to navigate tumultuous surroundings, thoughts, and feelings without coming to terms with uncomfortable and unclear previous experiences that surfaced in the wake of these new ones. I attempted a growth without a solid foundation. This futile effort weighed on me; my chest felt heavier, harder day by day.
Going outside to lie with the trees and ease my mind from its self-exacerbated turbulence with readings was one effective way of escape. These resilient creatures and nourishing words gave me support in the dense environment in which I was inundated. Breathing became easier; my headspace became clearer.
Feeling the thick tree roots underneath me, I finally internalized the fact that I would have to reconcile my own roots in order to grow like the steady beings above me. I captured this moment with the background photograph you see. I saw my series of self-realizations as a microcosm of the broader concepts of revolution and humanities being studied in the HUMES curriculum, all connected by this theme of growth.
This portfolio will work to explore this idea. Let’s begin.