Meet Monadnock LLE Intern Samantha Fournier

By Samantha Fournier, Keene State College Student I am thankful to have been given this opportunity to work with the Hannah Grimes Center during the spring semester of my senior year.  Majoring in American Studies and minoring in History and Sociology, I came to Keene State College “hungry” for knowledge.  Upon my arrival in the fall of 2008, it was heavily suggested that incoming freshmen familiarize themselves with Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma.  This was my initial exposure to the politics and controversy surrounding food production/consumption in the world today. After developing this interest, I began taking classes that explored the process of globalization, its associated problems, and the attractiveness, charm, and importance of the local.   Having been raised in a small agriculturally-surrounded region in northern New Hampshire, I have great respect for local food production and locally owned businesses.  Once my senior year came, I felt ready to take my education to the next level and submerse myself in the content I have been engaging with. Another reason I am looking forward to doing this work stems from my love for teaching and guiding others.  Educating people, both young and old, is crucial in developing a sustainable and healthy community.  All around, I am excited for this experience. Let it begin!

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