das wandern

let me continue in peace, and (stop) wander(ing)!

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“an email correspondence with a former editor.

#4 and

#5 in a series of 11.”

initially, i thought that it was a bad idea–i feel almost as though im taking the easy road.

because living here is easy–ive already found an amazing group of friends, am involved with a church, have a boyfriend (?!), etc. staying here almost feels like an extended vacation – like im not quite in the real world yet.
and i was so firm when i left the states that i would not stay here. i had plans for coming home in september, finding a job at a decent daily for a few years, and maybe, eventually, working for you.

so am i compromising by staying here?

im learning a lot, but most of it has nothing to do (at least directly) with photojournalism. or even journalism.

but i am learning things.
i think im beginning to understand better where i come from –my worldview and culture–
because. here, i am forced to step outside of it.
i thought it would be the same sort of culture here, but its not.

i feel like im really gaining a new perspective on myself and where i come from.
im being challenged to think about global issues, and social justice, and christianity, and ‘americanized’ christianity. its so much to take in.

but i think what ive decided the last few days is that, if my ultimate goal is journalism– the pursuit of truth and being a voice for the voiceless, this is good for me.

anything that will help me see things more clearly, and gain a greater perspective on the world, will help in that ultimate goal.

ok. i think that was enough for one email. sorry its so long.
i look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get a chance.

It sounds like you have made your decision, Kristen. I think London would be a wonderful place to live for an extended period of time. It’s so cosmopolitan and international. Being challenged and stepping out of your own culture is a good thing. It’s an opportunity to make your thoughts, ideas and ideals your own, first person and not handed down from someone else.

Journalism is not done in a vacuum. It’s history on the fly without a lot of reflect and revision. The struggle in doing it is with our bias coloring what we see and report. The broader your experience base, the less influence that bias will have. I don’t think you’re taking the easy road.

this is where i belong.
i am not giving up anything real.

i have waited too long to sort out all the things in my head.
now there is too much.
now i am overwhelmed.

Written by knsayres

August 4, 2006 at 4:47 pm

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  1. hey.  get on aim.  i want to have a decent conversation for once.  i’m excited for you and all you’re learning and experiencing.  keep being real.  and good luck with that whole being overwhelmed thing.


    August 21, 2006 at 12:25 am

  2. how beautifully exciting!
    i envy you.


    August 21, 2006 at 12:55 am

  3. Yes, Kristin, you and Jon Blair were the first two people I thought of, but you just *HAD* to go to England. 😉


    August 21, 2006 at 10:33 am

  4. dude… keep sorting… things can work out in there… but yeah i think london will definitly be a postive experince for you… keep rocking and rolling…


    August 22, 2006 at 10:49 am

  5. the kroger version of great grains. it’s funny the things you miss when you move. i miss jack in the box.


    August 22, 2006 at 7:08 pm

  6. Hey, how is London? I am thinking of studying abroad there next semester and I would love to hear more about it from someone already living there. I hope you are having a great time. =)


    August 28, 2006 at 8:01 pm

  7. Hi there thanks for dropping by!  Hope you enjoyed your visit.  ^_^


    August 29, 2006 at 5:03 pm

  8. your not giving up anything real eh? what about me?! i miss you kris! everyday. i can’t wait to see you.


    you will be at home during fall break. so maybe i can come visit in december or march. for my sweet sixteen present perhaps.
    i love youeversomuch kristen nicole.

    write me back for once


    August 29, 2006 at 8:12 pm

  9. I don’t think I know what this “bp” is.Also I have been told that the photo staff is full, so I have to kill someone or wait for someone to drop out…


    September 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm

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