I'll put the useful site navigational stuff first.
I'll keep the "about me" part short, since if you do any exploring of this site, especially the journal entries in Deep Thoughts, you'll discover that I talk about myself quite a lot. You can skip down to it if you'd like.
Anyway, here's what you can find on my page.
Deep Thoughts-- These are fairly deep and rambling journal entries, usually of significant length, which I write every 4-10 days, on average. It's where I unload emotionally on issues, am intensely self-reflective, try to figure out where my life is going, and other similarly fun stuff. If your purpose in visiting this page is to try to get some sort of look inside my head, and you're not prepared to take my advice to run while you still can!, this is the place to go. If I had to sum it up in one word, this writing is contemplative.
Thoughts of the Days-- This section is for my not-so-deep thoughts. I write a brief entry here every night before bed. Unless you visit my page more than once a day, there will almost always be new entries here when you check in. But I don't mark my page as "updated" after adding an entry to this section. In any event, this section is definitely a lot lighter than my journal entries. If I had to sum it up in one word, this writing is descriptive.
Friends-- This contains short bios and descriptions of my friends at Northwestern. It also has a map feature at the top which I think is the neatest thing since sliced bread, possibly earlier.
Writings-- Here you will find two sections: writings by others (poems and articles which I like), and various creative enterprises of my own, mostly dating back to my high school years.
Links-- This is rather self-explanatory: Links to my friends' homepages, sites of interest, and a couple places that are just too entertaining to keep to myself.
... And More-- This is designed as a sort of repository for pages that don't fit anywhere else on my site, either as a temporary location or a permanent resting place. Right now, it contains my procrastination guide as well as photos.
Oh, and this might be an appropriate place to thank Colleen Fischer, without whom I would have given up, screaming, several times and not touched Dreamweaver again for many months. She's been a tireless troubleshooter, and this site literally wouldn't be here, at least in this form, without her.
I'm Britt Gordon-McKeon, 21 years old and a junior at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. My home-away-from-home-- okay, let's be honest here, my home-- is PARC, or the Public Affairs Residential College, a wonderful little dorm of a little more than 100 students.
Home sweet home!
Majors/Career Goals: While I'm officially down in the records as having 3 majors-- political science, history, and international studies; hey, it's better than having 4!-- but it'll actually be just history and poli sci. I really don't know what I'm going to do with my life, so don't ask. All I know is that it will have to feel like it has some sort of meaning, or I won't be able to do it.
Activities: On campus, I'm active in various aspects of an umbrella called Peace Project, including our magazine The Protest, and Northwestern Students Against Sweatshops. I was on PARC's executive board for two years in a row, and I've played IM soccer and floor hockey. (Viva le PARC!)
Growing Up/Family: I grew up in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, where I went to Fredon Township School for elementary school and Kittatinny Regional High School grades 7 through 12. I lived in the same house from age 3 to 18, but during summer 2001, my family moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland, which is where we live, at least for now. My dad is a psychologist who practiced for 18ish years, but then was sponsored by the American Psychological Association as a fellow in the U.S. Senate, and now works as a government affairs person (read: lobbyist) for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. My mom has done a lot of work with children from homes of domestic violence. I have a sister who's three years younger than me, and is a senior at Wooton High School and heading to Hampshire College next year.
Politics: "You might choose to call me a bleeding-heart liberal, a progressive populist, or a radical libertarian socialist". . . much more here
Myers-Briggs personality type: INFP (The Idealist) . . . much more here
Religion: Agnostic-- I have no clue what the hell is going on Up There, freely admit it, and don't spend much of my time worrying about it. I do take morality and ethics extremely seriously, but think that it's something every person should personally decide through deep contemplation and it's a cop-out to get it from a book or a church. My mother was raised mostly-secular Jewish, my father was raised Catholic and is now Unitarian. I went to Hebrew School, completely of my own volition, during my pre-teen "I should have a religion, everyone else has got one" years, but can't recall ever believing any of it. Practical results: I don't believe in any organized religion, I celebrate major Jewish and Christian holidays, and I can pronounce but not comprehend Hebrew words (helpful in Israel so you can sound out menus to find "Falafel" and "Pizza").
Music: U2, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, REM, Travis, The Beatles, Billy Joel, and others
Sports: Baseball (New York Yankees); also tennis (Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport), international soccer, football (Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts), and hockey (Los Angeles Kings), in descending order of interest. Basketball is ridiculous (other than March Madness), and other "sports" like golf and wrestling are not even worth mentioning.
TV: College cuts away at your television-watching time, for better or for worse. Before I went to college I used to watch The West Wing, and I still catch it occasionally. My summer watching has included several quality shows, such as Donahue, Trading Spaces, the Daily Show, and Dr. Who.
Poets: Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Books: Caverns of Socrates, Dennis McKiernan (an old favorite of my teenage years); Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy; Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein; The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien; the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling; the Emily books, L.M. Montgomery; the Belgariad and the Mallorean, David Eddings; and others that don't come to mind at the moment
I'm also small enough to fit into a dorm-room refrigerator. See?