This past summer I interned with a literacy nonprofit called LitWorld. The experience inspired me to focus on the complexities of literacy, especially in relation to access, race, class, gender, or nationality. Now, I am writing a short book deconstructing how different identity facets and privileges affect one's relation to literacy in order to help guide how we as a society measure one's competency.
My favorite class at Clark is called Complexities of Urban Schooling. Regardless of if you are interested in being a teacher or working towards education reform, this course is crucial to understand the institutionalized structures that make up how individuals learn. From biology majors to studio art majors, we've all had to go through some type of primary and secondary schooling. This course really deconstructs how that experience differs from town to town, or even country to country, and affects people of varying races, classes, genders, and beyond differently. I think it is important to understand that as members of society, regardless of what we are actually studying. I am so glad that I took this course, and I hope you get the opportunity to take it too!
During industrial times, Worcester was home to the Worcester Lunch Car Company, a business that manufactured and sold dining cars for train travel. However, as train cars as a destination restaurant become less and less common, more and more retired dining cars are popping up in Worcester. They are installed in lots and sold to community members looking to start small restaurants. It is an unique and fun way of driving the economy and providing some quality food. My friends and I try to find a new dining car diner once a month. Our favorites are Miss Worcester (the original dining car) and Lou Roc Diner. You should definitely check them out too!
I feel most alive when I am about to go on an adventure with friends, with a coffee in my hand. The excitement that comes with the unknown memories ahead mixed with the joy of freshly brewed coffee and friendship is unparalleled.