In the interest of total transparency, I must admit that before entering the class on day one I had no idea what “Writing in an Endangered World” meant, in fact, I originally signed up for the class since I’ve had a class with Professor Long before and knew his teaching style. I figured that the class most likely had to do with the reading of Thoreau and other authors of his time and did not really extend that thought into current times or include novels that went outside of America. That’s not to say that my only idea of Environmental Writing has totally eluded me nor has the idea of Environmentalism, both have been prevalent in my life and have shown up in different classes that I have taken here at Keene such as English 215. I’m looking forward to learning more about what Writing in an Endangered World actually is instead of my first impressions from the title of the class. After the first couple of classes as well as reading the descriptions of the books as I bought them I was able to get a better understanding of what this course will entail and am pretty excited about what I can learn from the class
While making my new blog I ended up finding my previous blog that I had set up my freshman year of college. It was interesting to take a look back at my previous writings that I did in 215 and see how much my writing has changed since I began my college career. I’m often embarrassed to look back at my previous work, to read what I wrote in the past. I often question my previous self both in how I wrote and what I wrote about. Looking back at my previous work I also see how much of my previous work was half assed and how little effort I would put into it, not for every piece but for those that I did it’s pretty apparent.
I’ve always been close to nature, I often joke that I live in the middle of the woods which if one saw where I lived they would say that that joke is not that far off from the truth. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an area that I could look outside my window and have a glimpse into a world away from the human world. I was able to look outside and see birds, deer, moose, rabbits, and many other animals that are native to New Hampshire. From my living room window, I can see Mt Monadnock and a beautiful sight of sunsets at night. I often find it difficult to comprehend that in some areas people don’t have the same access to nature that my family and I does, that some people’s only interactions with nature are small parks and decorative trees lining the streets. It astounds me when I go into Boston and look up at the night sky and see just darkness looking back at me, all the stars that I see at home blocked out by the light pollution of the city, it feels lonely in a way. Some kids don’t get the same experiences that I had as a child and continue to have as an adult. For me field trips in school meant going to butterfly sanctuaries, exploring the trails in the parks that were around us, and going on hikes up mountains. In elementary school, we had conservation classes where we would learn about how to treat our world better and how to enjoy what we have. These classes were my first introduction to Environmentalism and Conservation and served as a great way for me and the other students in my class to get interested in nature. I was also fortunate enough to be able to take part in cub scouts and then boy scouts, both of which have a strong connection to camping and “The Great Outdoors” which allowed me to foster my love of nature even further. Through Boy Scouts, I learned about the flora and fauna of New England as well as how peaceful nature can be. The one downside of our camping trips is that it would often rain the entire time we were there and then normally let up the day that we were supposed to leave, though on the Brightside nothing is more relaxing than the sound of rain hitting the top of a tent. Looking back a lot of my early childhood connected me to nature, though as I grew up and moved onto middle and high school I lost a lot of those connections due to the clubs and activities I moved onto. I still saw nature around me but no longer went camping or hiking like I once did. I would often be working on homework for so long after I got home from clubs that by the time I finished there was no time for anything else. I look forward to venturing once again into exploring nature through this class and hopefully leaving the campus to experience what Keene has to offer.