Assignment 1: Shannon Conroy
My name is Shannon Conroy. I am from Mahtomedi, MN and went to a Catholic High School in St. Paul. I am a freshman looking to major in either Philosophy or Sociology while also on a pre-med track. Early on in high school i was simply classified by the sport I was involved in 24/7- hockey. It wasn't until the fall of my junior year until I took steps forward in figuring out who I was. I made the varsity hockey team that fall, and quit the next day. I joined theater, continued playing lacrosse, and joined other clubs such as Amnesty and Peer Listening. My service learning teacher asked me to come to an Amnesty International meeting, and I became heavily involved. I was asked to lead the club my senior year, and I became very passionate about the work that we did. I do not regret ever quitting hockey, because I realized I never even liked it, I only played it because that was what was expected of me from friends, family, and teachers. This is a picture of me with some other students that were on a panel for a suicide prevention organization in Minnesota. The picture represents the different pathway my life took when I began to push my social boundaries by joining groups that were not in sync with the status quo. The article by Peggy McIntosh was new to me and provided a different perspective on what defines privileges, and that there can be different connotations to one's viewpoints on various forms and usages of priveleges. I found the reference to McIntosh's colleague to be very insightful in regards to the statement explaining how whites think of their lives as "ideal". Also that there are so many privileges that are woven into the normalcy of people's lives which go unrecognized as privileges at all, but merely as the conventional standards and expected aspects of life. Along with race, these indoctrinated expectations can be found beyond within gender and sexuality.
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