DAY SEVENTEEN – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? What do you hope to make in 2012?
The last thing I made that I actually put some honest thought into was a cultural timeline for my advisor, Dr. Aldoory.
What is a cultural timeline you ask? Well in many of her classes Dr. Aldoory would make us think of prominent moments in our lives that played some sort of significant role. Then she would roll out a long strip of paper, tape it to the board, and have us add our significant events. We would then discuss and talk about how that event has impacted us in some way, tied in with whatever the course content was for that semester.
When the Department announced that Dr. Aldoory would be leaving Communication to take on the position of Director of the Center for Health Literacy in the School of Public Health, I knew that I wanted to do something special. So I reached out to as many of Aldoory’s advisees as possible and asked them to send me their significant moments with her. I even got in touch with her husband and added some important personal milestones as well. I then compiled all of these memories, collected some photos, and created a masterpiece of a timeline.
How was it received? Let’s just say that I made her cry. So I think she appreciated and loved it. I hope it helped her realize just how much she means to all of us.