This week’s tribute goes out to two secure and intelligent women that have helped carve my path at Carleton outside of the classroom.
One is the brain behind volunteering in the community. She forgets things like me, and we forget things together. When pressing apple cider together we ran out of containers, made a trip back to farm house for the sole purpose of grabbing more containers, washed the containers that we wanted to bring, and drove back to the apple cider making location (~3miles) to discover we had forgot to put the containers in the car. She loves listening to ideas, no matter if their big, small, or mumble-jumbled phase. She beams bold and calm all in the same current of energy.
Two is an innovative powerhouse and (dare I say) bombshell. She is the think-tank behind everything sustainable at Carleton. She has twelve too many things on her plate and is willing to take on more. She manages her office, my workplace, with an empowering positivity and grace. She reminds me its ok to worry about waste and to feel like you are buried in a sea of junk, to think recycling is cool and reusing is really cool (and reducing beyond cool), and gives hope to the idea change is possible, especially if you know how collect, interpret, and present data. Spoken like a true scientist.