This is my first blog post to my OAC blog, and I am very excited and curious about it. I am still learning a lot about the website, about the community, and how this entire system works. I don't know if my blog remains on my page, if the post goes to a larger blog, or if it is a personal blog that anyone can read. For that reason, I feel both a little anxious and very enthusiastic about introducing myself in this fashion. Chances are that I will be asking questions throughout my blog posts, and anyone with more experience with the OAC than myself is more than welcome to answer them. :)
For the most part, I will write in this blog as I write professionally, but as this is a very casual post, I will not hesitate to use emoticons as per the internet culture that I am familiar with. You have been warned.
That said, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.
I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, double-majoring in Drawing and Anthropology, with minors in Art History and the Russian Language (which I regret to say I am very rusty in). I fell in love with anthropology as a field of study about two years ago, when I took a Human Origins class as part of my Liberal Arts Core (General Education) requirements, and I've never looked back. After the Spring 2012 semester, I will have completed my requirements for the Anthropology major, though I will likely graduate in the Fall.
I am interested in pursuing a Master's Degree in Anthropology, though I haven't decided if I will or not yet. This is because my other love is comic book creation, and I may yet decide to pursue a career in comic book art. As both fields are very involved and would require my full attention, this is not a decision that I will make lightly. I've decided that if I pursue anthropology further, I would like to achieve my Doctorate in the field, and most likely become a professor. My main interests in Anthropology lie within the Physical and Cultural fields, though I appreciate the necessity of a holistic approach in understanding all of the dimensions of what it is to be human and what being human entails.
I tend to look at every piece of a situation in order to understand it, and try to gather as much information as I can before assessing any given situation. I say that so that I may say this within a more correct context: I appreciate the work of Franz Boas, but I don't feel that he was the most important person within the field of anthropology, as many of my professors seem to believe. I say this because, while I understand the immensely important contributions the man made, and while I appreciate his moxy in stepping forward with the theories and ideas that he did in the time period in which he did, I view his work less as the pillar of anthropology and more as its foundation. For instance, I feel that my professors place more emphasis on how Dr. Boas changed the course of anthropology as opposed to the numerous theorists who built upon his work, opposed his work, and dared to challenge his work. To me, you cannot take one part of the machine and have a working machine. You must appreciate all of the parts and what they do, even if their role does not seem as important. One must always seek as much information as possible in order to achieve the best understanding - the very reason why I support the holistic 4-Field Approach (I consider Applied Anthropology to fit within the individual's own field of emphasis).
I want to share my research papers - most of which are by no means to the level of many anthropologists that I'm sure are already part of the OAC - but I also don't want to risk providing material for potential plagiarism (which can be a downside to open sharing, but to ignore that would be more foolish than finding a way to prevent it). I'm assuming from the privacy controls on this post that the blogs are, in fact, more or less private to individual profiles? If not, I'd highly appreciate anyone letting me know otherwise. Because of the late hour (I'm on Central Time), I am unable to share more about myself, but perhaps another time. :)