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Holidays Without Family

During my first year at Grinnell, going home for the Jewish holidays at the end of September wasn’t an option, so I attended the student-led Rosh Hashanah services in Main Hall and felt homesick for the first time since I arrived on campus. Instead of spending the afternoon and evening enjoying home-cooked, traditional holiday foods with family and friends, I was bored and lonely in my third-floor Dibble Hall dorm room. Around dinner time, there was a knock on my door. It was my student adviser, Catherine Carter ’94, accompanied by all of my floor mates.

Yes, Jimmy Carter Visited (1)

I had just finished a phone discussion with one of my daughters regarding my participation in the 1976 Iowa caucuses, when I opened the Winter 2015 The Grinnell Magazine. While 40 years have grayed my hair and thickened my waistline (just a bit), I think I recognized myself in the picture on the inside front cover, second row, kinda slumped over, ready to listen to Governor Carter. Finally, a bit of proof that at least one of “Dad’s college stories” has some legitimacy!

Contemporary View of Career Change

Career change is well articulated in “Right Livelihoods” (Spring 2016). Career change was not always acknowledged as an appropriate remedy for employment malaise. Indeed, the notion of “giving up” a job was seen as aberrational at best, mentally ill — insane — at worst. In the ’70s when I was a career counselor, work certified [one’s] status as an honorable citizen. Absent this confirmation brought self-assessment of disgrace and socially raised eyebrows.

SEA Semester: The Global Ocean

Why choose SEA Semester?

DIS Stockholm

Why study in Sweden with DIS?

  • Well planned subject tracks in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Medical Practice & Policy and Psychology
  • Core courses involve extensive travel in Sweden and other European destinations
  • Courses taught by range of experts, including government officials, working professionals, and university faculty
  • Optional study tours to locations throughout Europe

SFS Peru: Biodiversity & Development in the Andes-Amazon

Why study with SFS Andes-Amazon?

• Unique opportunity to learn about issues of sustainability in western Amazonia and the adjacent Andean highlands.
• Different locations of instruction in the region include a cloud forest, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Cusco.
• Field research on biodiversity, effects of climate, and change, and on natural resource use by villagers.
• Contact with two indigenous communities, Huacaria and Queros.
 

SFS Bhutan: Himalayan Environment & Society in Transition

Why study with SFS Bhutan?

• Unique opportunity to learn about issues of sustainability in a south Asian mountain kingdom.
• Different locations of instruction in upper- and lower-elevation Himalayan ecosystems, and among sites of Buddhist religious practice.
• Field research on biodiversity, social change, and natural resource use by villagers.
• Forms of community reciprocity lend the program some elements of a deeper cultural exchange.
 

SEA Semester: Oceans & Climate

Why choose SEA Semester?

  • Explore the largest unexplored area on Earth, the global ocean, on the leading undergraduate program in marine environmental studies.
  • Interdisciplinary shipboard learning community
  • Gain authentic research experience in different subject areas.
  • Develop teamwork, problem-solving and skills while learning seamanship.

SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems

Why choose SEA Semester?

  • Explore the largest unexplored area on Earth, the global ocean, on the leading undergraduate program in marine environmental studies.
  • Interdisciplinary shipboard learning community
  • Gain authentic research experience in different subject areas.
  • Develop teamwork, problem-solving and skills while learning seamanship.

SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration

Why choose SEA Semester?

  • Explore the largest unexplored area on Earth, the global ocean, on the leading undergraduate program in marine environmental studies.
  • Interdisciplinary shipboard learning community
  • Gain authentic research experience in different subject areas.
  • Develop teamwork, problem-solving and skills while learning seamanship.
  • Program options serving a variety of different interests in the European, Caribbean, Polynesian or New Zealand regions.