O is for Only in Anthropology…

Only in anthropology will you …

…learn to say Homo erectus with a straight face

… find your own cultural oppression fascinating (and oppressive)

… be able to appreciate differences without judgment–but sometimes with judgment, too.

…find people who think evidence of decapitation on a C2 vertebra is cool (aka, only with cool people)

…you properly describe the field of anthropology (and even then, only after about 4 years of study)

…you find all kinds of people–like, it’s basically the whole point of the field

…realize that no one can judge the ancient Mayans for drilling jade pieces to into their teeth to enhance their beauty because Americans get braces for the exact same reason (okay, Americans can’t judge the Mayans)

…learn that Mayan culture is alive and kicking

…learn how to write, do statistics, conduct research, speak in front of audiences, study, and communicate with many different people

…find out that we actually have a pretty good idea about how the Egyptians built the pyramids

…come to appreciate the Neanderthal DNA that’s in just about every white person or anyone with European ancestry

…learn to be so fiercely proud of your field of study because no one knows what it is and some of those who do severely under appreciate it’s value (looking at you, Florida Governor Rick Scott)

…find the true beauty in the similarities and differences in individuals around the world

…make some of the coolest friends

…go to school for six years, earn two liberal arts degrees, and work as a data analyst in healthcare (true story).

Isn’t anthropology great?

Hey kids, we’re over halfway done!

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Author: JA Goodsell

I write YA fantasy, blog about it, and then take my dog out for therapy. My current manuscript is INNATE, a story of two sisters caught up in a war between the gods. Find me on Twitter at @JAGoodsell or Instagram at books_and_dogs

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