Driven by love to the cutting edge of technology

March 22, 2016Student Blogs

This is a story about how I found a community who converges the grandest purposes of love into modern day endeavors. It’s hard to beat exploring how technology, business, science can converge with love.   I was on a Skype call with Marc Winn. He was on Guernsey Island off the coast of France and … Read More

How will you survive Experience Institute?

March 19, 2016Student Blogs

I can hear the concern when people ask me questions about Experience Institute. I understand why people worry how my year is going to turn out. They’re concerned about me being safe and finding a place to stay. They picture my path becoming derailed or people taking advantage of me. They cannot imagine surviving a … Read More

Back in Chicago as a design researcher

March 19, 2016Student Blogs

For those who read my last post, you know I was on the hunt for an apprenticeship for Term 2. Much to my (and my mom’s and dad’s) relief, I have started with Conifer Research in Chicago as a Design Researcher! I had a running start last Wednesday, March 9th. I came into the office … Read More

Think. Design. Make: The Forge

March 17, 2016Student Blogs

This fall I worked as a physical storyteller at Civilla, an IDEO-type design firm in Detroit, MI. In my role I was a builder of sorts, taking design insights from our various projects and making them into experiential installations and objects. I traveled all over the city – from hardware stores to maker-spaces, theaters to … Read More

Michelle eats world

March 13, 2016Student Blogs

For almost 4 years, I lived in rural Southern Vermont. There, I had the unexpected pleasures of being able to grow my own food and of having friends who owned small farms. It was easy to make my husband a plate of pasta and know that the tomatoes and basil were from my garden, that … Read More

Symbols of strength

March 10, 2016Student Blogs

Five months ago, I left familiarity to chase curiosity. To test my definition of home and follow new conversations. To see if I could find pieces of myself scattered elsewhere. Anywhere, if I looked hard enough. I thought that this was the scariest decision of my life. I thought it was the choice that would shape my … Read More