As a child, she could be seen in her natural habitat reading biology textbooks and pausing DVR’d history channel programs to write notes.
As an adult, she can frequently be seen plotting for yet another independent project or class, exploring the manual mode on her Cannon 500, and engaging in various grassroots movements.
Between the ages of 15 and 20, Catherine traveled to Romania as a witness, Costa Rica as a gardener, the US-Mexico border as an activist-volunteer, India as a UUCSJ intern, Paris and Canada as a tourist, and South Korea as a university exchange student.
Catherine is currently in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she is living for four months to participate in a thematic, independent semester of coursework, advised by four bright and talented professors she feels lucky to call mentors.
What’s a Walkabout?
While the term “Walkabout” originates from the Australian Aboriginal rite of passage, I first heard of it when attending Linworth AP, an alternative high school in Ohio, US. At Linworth, Walkabout is a project students complete their final semester. You can learn more about Linworth’s Walkabout here.
The context of a walkabout can be broadened to include any period of time that one engages in a project, often going outside their comfort zone, in order to learn and grow as a person.
For me, my “Endless Walkabout” means that I am always on some kind of walkabout; I always want to be learning, reflecting, and engaging with the world and communities around me.
It’s a place for me to display and reflect on my own walkabout journeys, as well as a place to learn about the walkabouts of others.