For this week’s post I have a list, and description included for each source I have used, and will use in the future to make my research more effective. Feel free to click on the links, and follow the videos if there is a certain topic that is of interest for you!

Rita Landino’s article, “Growth and Change Through the College Years”, goes through, in a very descriptive fashion, the list of seven tasks a college student completes throughout their college career. I posted this article and an analysis of this article on October 24, because I felt it would give me a better understanding of what and how individuals shape throughout college- which is the entire purpose of my research project. If you would like a refresher on what this article included, head to my medium post titled “College Student Development”.

Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local. Talye Selasi. 2014. TedTalk.

While searching for more sources to make my project more effective, I came across an extremely thought-provoking TedTalk by Talye Selasi titled, “Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local”. This speech resinated very closely with me, and I encourage you all to watch it to get a better understanding of how I feel when I am asked the question, “So where are you from?”.

Talye Selasi elaborates on the idea that “I am not from one place, but rather, I am from my experiences”. This fits my views to a T. Often times I feel confused as to how to answer the question of “where are you from?” because I do not feel as if I belong to the town I grew up in, but rather I feel most at home when I am surrounded by individuals with the same daily rituals, where I spend my everyday life, and where I enjoy going through my everyday life, which is what Talye expressed. So if you were to ask me “where are you from?” I would answer with, “my experiences, and the Twin Cities”.

Why We Do What We Do. Perf. Tony Robbins. 2006. TedTalk.

The second TedTalk I engaged in watching and analyzing was by Tony Robbins titled, “Why we do what we do”. This source was another that backs up my thoughts on myself and my beliefs, which is something I was hoping to express and uncover throughout this project.

Tony Robbins explains throughout his speech that emotion is the driving force of life, and that the ultimate power is obtaining the ability to shape your own destiny. Sure, you can have all of the resources in the world (i.e. the University of Minnesota), but if you do not obtain the quality of RESOURCEFULNESS you will not reach your goals and achieve ultimate success. Overall, Tony Robbins stresses the fact that our emotions drive our success, goals, needs, and future aspiration- this main idea, is what I have also always believed in greatly.

The following three sources are from class that will greatly support my research. Since they are all articles we have each read (or were supposed to read) I will not annotate them, but rather just make note of the fact that I have included these in my bibliography because they each discuss this idea of identity, which is the main concept of my research project.
Rath, Tom. Wellbeing: The 5 Essential Elements. By John Harter. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print.
Tatum, Beverly. “The Complexity of Identity: “Who Am I?”” (n.d.): n. pag. Web.
Clifton, Donald O., Edward Anderson, and Laurie A. Schreiner.StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond. Washington, D.C.: Gallup Organization, 2006. Print.