Finding a place

McClay’s notion of a “place” could also be considered to be a person’s roots. It doesn’t necessarily have to be physical place for someone to return to, as referenced by the excerpt from Verlyn Klinkenburg, nor does it have to be a world perspective that stays constant, noted by Gertrude Stein. The “place” is intangible, it defines and sharpens a person’s character. It could be their parents that taught them how to ride a bike, a friend they’ve kept from elementary school through college, or the friendly neighbor that waves to them every morning. The “place” that defines a person stems from their experiences, not from the location they live. Since this concept cannot be tied now to a singular location, McClay’s mention of a conception that being bound to a location holds true. A community that stays together in the event of a disaster continues to remain a community, regardless of location. An individual remains an individual with all of their quirks, shortcomings, and strengths regardless of where they are and who they are with. As McClay has also stated, the advances of technology have allowed people to have far far more unique experiences than were ever possible before. The growth of technology has allowed for ability to experience cultures from across the globe. Through social media, it is now possible to instantly gain a glimpse into the elegant beauty of Paris, the exotic scenes of the Sahara, and the wild terror that is Australia. There is an astounding amount of opportunities available to shape the mold that people wish to become and become what people used to call “The renaissance man”. College is a prime example of a place to enable the growth and development of a person’s “place”. College is one of the few place where hundreds of backgrounds come together to mingle and in doing so, one is able to draw from their experiences with the people and environment they interact with to develop their character and persona.

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