Personal Environmental Analysis

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PERSONAL ENVIROMENTAL ANALYSIS: THE PAST

EXERCISE 1: ENVIROMENTAL FAMILY TREE

REFLECTIONS:

1. IN WHAT WAY(S), IF ANY, DID YOUR FAMILY’S ENVIROMENTAL EXPERIENCES DIFFER FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION?

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT GENERATIONS IS LOCATION. I’VE NEVER KNOWN ANYTHING OTHER THAN LEBANON OH AND LEXINGTON KENTUCKY. WHEREAS MY GRAMIE GREW UP LIVING ON A DAIRY FARM IN MAINE, THEN MOVED TO DAYTON OH AND EVENTUALLY ENDED IN LEBANON OH. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MY FAMILY, MY GRANDPARENTS ALONG WITH MY MOM AND UNCLE LIVED IN GERMANY, WHERE MY GRANDPA WAS STATIONED, FOR 4YEARS. BECAUSE OF THE WAR MY GRANDPA HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN EUROPE AND EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT CULTURES.

2. IN WHAT WAY(S), IF ANY, DID THE ENVIROMETNAL EXPERIENCES STAY THE SAME FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION?

MY MOMS SIDE OF THE FAMILY HAS ALWAYS LIVED IN LEBANON OHIO, THOUGH THE SMALL TOWN HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, IN COMPARISON TO THE SURROUNDING CITIES LEBANON IS STILL A SMALL QUAINT TOWN.

3. IN WHAT WAY(S), IF ANY, DO YOU THINK YOUR ENVIROMENTAL GENEALOGY HAS INFLUENCED YOUR OWN ENVIROMENTAL PERSPECTIVE AND VALUES?

CLOSENESS IN COMMUNITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT TO ME, GROWING UP KNOWING ALL OF MY CLASS MATES SINCE ELEMATARY SCHOOL PROVIDES A SINCE OF FAMILARARITY AND COMFORT. NATURE HAS HAD A HUGE INFLUENCE ON WHO I AM TODAY, GROWING UP I WAS FORTUNATE IN THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF LAND. 44 ACHRES OF WOODS WAS MY PLAYGROUND, INCLUDING A POND AND CREEK. EVERYDAY IN THE SUMMER MY BROTHER AND OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS AND I WOULD PLAY AND EXPLORE IN THOSE WOOD. I DON’T REMEMBER WATCHING TELEVISION UNTIL I WAS IN THE 5TH GRADE. BECAUSE OF THAT I HAVE A DIFFERENT APPRECIATION FOR NATURE THAN I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DO.

4. IN WHAT WAY(S), IF ANY, DO YOU THINK THAT INFLUENCE HAS BEEN POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE?

I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING THAT WOULD SUGGEST THE WAY I GREW UP HAD ANY NEGATIVE INFLUENCE ON ME, IT’S ONLY BEEN POSITIVE. I THINK I HAVE A MUCH BETTER APPRECIATION FOR THE THINGS MOST PEOPLE MY AGE TAKE FOR ADVANTAGE.

5. WHAT SENSE OF HOME DO YOU WANT TO PASS DOWN TO FUTURE GENERATIONS AS PART OF YOUR LEGACY OF PLACE?

I’M LUCKY IN THAT I DON’T HAVE ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT MY CHILDHOOD, OR ABOUT MY PARENTS. THEY HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT SUPPORTIVE IN ANYTHING I DO, PUSHING ME TO BE THE BEST I CAN BE, BECAUSE OF THAT THEY HAVE CREATED A POSITIVE ENVIROMENT AT HOME. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PASS DOWN THAT SAME FEELING THAT HOME REALLY IS HOME. I WANT IT TO BE A PLACE THAT ANYONE COULD COME TO AND CALL IT THEIR HOME.

6. DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON HOW YOUR ENVIROMENTAL FAMILY TREE MAY HAVE INFLUENCED YOU?

PERSONAL ENVIROMENTAL ANALYSIS: THE PAST

EXERCISE 2: ENVIROMENTAL TIME LINE

1. LOOKING AT YOUR ENVIROMENTAL TIME LINE, HOW MAY YEARS HAVE YOU LIVED IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF SETTING? CITIES? – TOWNS? – SUBURBS? – VILLAGES? – COUNTRYSIDE? (USE YOUR OWN SENSE OF THESE PLACES TO DETERMINE WHETHER THOSE PLACES ARE A CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE ETC.)

I’VE LIVED IN THE SMALL TOWN OF LEBANON FOR 18 YEARS AND THE CITY OF LEXINGTON FOR 2 YEARS.

2. OVERALL WHAT TYPE OF SETTING DID YOU LIVE IN THE MOST UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN? DID YOU LIKE LIVING IN THIS TYPE OF SETTING? WHY OR WHY NOT?

I LIVED IN A SMALL TOWN FOR THE LARGEST PORTION OF MY LIFE, I LOVED LIVING IN LEBANON AND OFTEN GET HOMESICK FOR THAT SAME CLOSENESS I HAD GROWING UP. AT THE SAME TIME WHEN OUR STUDIO VISITED CHICAGO THIS PAST SEMESTER I WAS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE ENERGY OF THE CITY AND COULD PICTURE MYSELF LIVING IN A CITY OF THAT SIZE FOR A SHORT PORTION OF MY LIFE, JUST SO THAT I COULD HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE. MY HOME TOWN WAS ENERGETIC BUT A DIFFERENT ENERGY, A COMMUINAL ENERGY, IT THE SCHOOL SPIRIT, THE LEBANON WARRIOR PRIDE.

3. WHAT TYPE OF SETTING (CITY, TOWN, SUBURB, VILLAGE OR COUNTRYSIDE) DID YOU LIVE IN FOR THE GREATEST PERIOD OF TIME AS AN ADULT? IF SO, WHY DO YOU THINK YOU CHOSE TO LIVE IN THAT...
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