Meet Zee! A student at Hampshire College
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Hi. I'm Zee. And today I'm going to be introducing myself and my school, um, in hopes that you guys find a little bit interesting and will come. And I am a third- year here in Hampshire. I'm studying black feminist thought with a little bit of photography, and I'm hoping to graduate with my five college certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice. And just so what that kind of means is that I'm hoping to get my five colleges certificate for reproductive rights, health and justice while taking a lot of black feminist thought and photography heavy classes here on Hampshire. I'm from Dallas, Texas, and I chose Hampshire because one they were they gave me the most financial aid two the educational model. And three because this was this was the one place that I got to do it. And I love the people from day one. I'm living in Greenwich right now, and this is a double room in Greenwich. We call it a single if you get a double room by yourself. And so I'm gonna give you a tour of my room as well as my Greenwhich Mod with my house mates whom I met my first year living in Dakin. Downstairs. We only have one bedroom, um, in one half bathroom with the kitchen, but upstairs we have three bedrooms, a storage closet and the restroom. So downstairs. We have some decoration and furniture that we all put in for love, love, love, numerous. And when it's really nice and bright outside we could open up the curtains and this mirrors just bounced all the lights. Our restroom has lights. Usually everyone changes the color when they go in for their shower we got really lucky this year. And although we didn't get restroom - a second restroom we did get this pretty big storage closet that we just throw extra things in. Now, Um, one of my housemates was busy, but other let me just kind of take a peek into her room. Um, it is one of the smaller rooms in Greenwich as a weird triangle shape, but as you can see, she wanted news. She really knows how to make the most of it. She's also super into photo, so lots of the pictures and prints and frames and things on the wall are her own. So I'm also gonna tell you guys a little bit about what my academic time looks like. When I first went to Hampshire, I knew that I wanted to do reproductive rights, health, and justice. But I had never even heard about black feminist thoughts. And photography was not on my list of things todo but here. Now this Covid time and three years into my education, I find the time that I spend the most, um, is in in the photo building. And so in there I'm usually editing photos on Photoshop. Or maybe I'm printing photos in the dark room. Anything of sorts. I do spend a lot of time there. E want to shut out to Kane Stewart, who is actually a Hampshire alum that decided to stay in the area and become a teacher. And he's been on this campus for like, 40 plus years, always teaching photo, and he is, honestly, the most amazing teacher that has brought me into this world of Photography, animated, super accessible and super fun for me. I think that the biggest difference between classes that I'm taking here on Hampshire on the classes that I took in high school is that here they're all discussion based discussion based discussion based. So I know that if our assigned reading that I'm not gonna have to go in and take a test over, I don't need to memorize those things. I need to. Think about how it made me feel. I need to think about what it brought up for me. I need to think about what they're what they mean. But I think they mean my interpretations of the readings to share with the classroom, not necessarily to be right or wrong, but just to have that open discussion. Didn't have a discourse about it. And that's always e feel like that's more helpful to learning than the protests. When I'm not here with my friends, you can usually find me either at work. So I work in a Cole Science building as a monitor, or you can find me in the early Learning Center with kids, or you can find me in the photo building. But really, usually, if I'm lost loss, it's really early in the morning. Then you can probably find me in the woods. Um, the woods is a major part of the social life here in Hampshire. Um, there's lots of trails and bonfires and fields and farms and gardens and just so much to explore, so much to see. I don't think I will be able to get through all the Hampshire trails before I graduate. So my final advice would be to learn how to actively read. Um, not just highlighting, not just underlining. Also writing little summaries in the margins. A good rule of thumb I try to follow is at least one sentence summary per page. If the reading is really dense or I'm really struggling, I'll try to do one sentence. Summary paragraph. That way, when you go back to your reading, you could just do the read the subways and understand what you read or even remember what you were completely. But at least it's not just having to go through and read each highlighting thing. I hope to see you all soon. Hey, so this year in Greenwich, I'm living with three of my really great friends. I met all three of them my first year. We all lived in, Dakin together, Um, way when we were in Dakin we, lived together on the Women of Color Hall, so we didn't know each other before coming. But we did all apply to be in some kind of special living arrangement, if that were possible.