explore In taking steps un-trodden, we discover something new. We may not be scavenging a foreign planet for signs of life, and we may not encounter a new species of fish at unfamiliar depths, but we do step forward. Our experiences, no matter how unglamorous, mundane, or monotonous, transform our identity in new revelations about who we are. But why should it interest me? The closest I’ve come to exploration is the backyard. To explore is not just to walk around and see places you haven’t seen before. Sight is only the very beginning of the process of exploration, wherein sight as well as touch, smell, sound, and taste fuse inside the brain to create a unique experience. When you were little, absorbing these perceptions was easy, the experiences automatic. Your brain was a sponge eager to learn, responsive to new findings. As an adult your knowledge preceptors are dulled and information becomes a struggle to absorb. But, every so often, when we use our sensory devices like when we were children, we take in much more than we ever have before. Exploration involves going to a new place, material or otherwise, and existing there, if only for a few minutes. You’ll come away having not necessarily learned something, but having felt something. In here you will find a report from each of us about our first year at Emerson. Our Exploration. Dr. Seuss’s Oh The Places You’ll Go ain’t got nuffin’ on us. Liz looks at bathrooms, Carson explores a film archive, Brendan stares at the sky. All this and more.
Magazine project for Emerson College's WR121 Writing for Civic Engagement class, Spring '10.