My name is Klarissa. Yes, it is spelled with a ‘k’ and yes, I know, it’s unusual. I am a third year student at San Francisco State University studying linguistics and political science. I particularly enjoy sociolinguistics because it focuses on the language that is used day to day versus what is a morpheme or figuring out the word order of a language based off the gloss provided. I plan on attending law school after graduation, so feel free to hit me up in a couple of years for legal advice. Having been to twelve different countries in the past year and a half I would say I might enjoy traveling just a tad. Traveling has taught me just how lucky I am to have been born and lived in the country that I do and to try not to take things that may seem so elementary, like running water, for granted. It also taught me to be SUPER careful with electronics because your GoPro’s will end up at the bottom of a lake in Khao Sok National Park and your life proof phone case will not work when you take it into the waters of Phi Phi Island. ALSO, please never ride an elephant if it has a wood saddle/bench it’s very bad for their backs and puts them in a lot pain, instead go to elephant sanctuaries where you can still get up close and personal and cause them no harm. Baby elephant thanks you!
“Man is not a farmer, or a professor, or an engineer, but he is all. Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.”
In his poem, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman literally goes down a list of more then 10 things that he says that he as a person is all these things even though he is not actually. Some of this is found on page 23 of the poem where he says “I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,/ Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,/ Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,….” Man is not individualized in this poem similar to the fable discussed in Emerson’s The American Scholar. The fable seems to take man as meaning man kind. That man does not pertain specifically to one man but all. The poem does something similar. In the poem, if you are one thing you are also its opposite. For example, if one is wise they are also foolish. Both of these writing seem to be saying that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background is, what your future is, but everyone is part of something much larger than the individual.
When thinking of nature playing a transformative role in someones life, I first thought of Robinson Crusoe. However, seeing as Robinson Crusoe is not contemporary I decided to go with a modern adaptation and came up with The Martian.
In The Martian, six astronauts go on a mission to Mars. During one of their days there, there is a storm which requires them to leave the planet. While traveling to their ship, one astronaut, Mark Watney, was struck by an antenna and separately from the rest of his crew. His crew is unable to find him and has no option but to leave him behind.
Watney is stuck on Mars and for a while no one knows he is alive. He figures out how to grow food on an uninhabitable planet and make contact with people on Earth. He learns just how precarious his situation is when a rip in the walls of his base causes one of the rooms to be completely destroyed including all the food he was growing. He is eventually gets rescued by his team and makes the journey back to Earth. Once back on Earth he becomes a teacher. His experience made him value life after being alone on an uninhabitable planet with almost no hope of being rescued.