How does my brain work in different scenarios?
Based on research conducted by Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur regarding collaborative intelligence.
I learn best through visual displays. I am able to pay attention, interpret information, remember details, and convey my own ideas when I can see the big picture — literally!
When digesting complex
information or weighing multiple decisions, I like to talk things through.
Many thanks to my friends and family for entertaining my verbal pro-con lists.
Most of my "aha!" moments come when I'm in the middle of tactile and sensory activities, like swimming laps or playing with clay. In this daydream state, I am subconsciously creative.
What am I most
proud of ?
In addition to my biological family, I am proud of my "chosen family" in Cambridge, MA. Our co-op style housing ritualized communal dinners and creative gatherings.
As such, I hosted a series of unsanctioned concerts on our front porch — a celebration of friends' musical talents, and a surefire way to get to know our neighbors.
I lived in the same five-mile Bostonian radius for 27 years — a reflection of my closeness to local family.
Despite (or maybe because of) the numerous challenges we've faced together, I am forever loyal to the people who raised me. Showing up takes different forms, and I'm now learning how to be a more supportive daughter and sister from afar.
What do I strive for?
As an ambivert who gets tired of socializing but loves all-things-people, I try to put one foot in my comfort zone and the other in places that I know will make me grow. I feel most complete when I spread out — tapping into a range of activities and goals. Life is too short to put all your eggs in one basket!
My dream job is to get paid to go on field trips. I love observing, questioning, and documenting people's realities.
With curiosity comes awe — the feeling of significance despite our relative smallness.
I am a fly on the wall with a notebook in hand.
Waste makes me cringe. In an era of "moving fast and breaking things," true innovation should lead to fewer, not more, outputs in the long run. I strive for mindfulness and minimalism when creating and consuming — recognizing the precious resources within local communities and our planet.
How do I move forward?
Progress: Instead of an all-or-nothing mentality, I try to see the spectrum of progress — recognizing where I started, and where there's still room to improve.
Perspective: If there’s anything I’ve realized over the years, it’s that one does not need to make monumental moves in order to grow; that some of the most far-flung journeys can happen close to home.
Potential: I believe that achievement boils down to effort, rather than innate talent; that the success of others should serve as inspiration; and that constructive critique moves us forward.