I am a student of Anthropology at Athabasca University. I'm also taking anthro classes at the U of C. I'm often asked "Why Anthropology?"
My answer is found in this quote:
"The purpose of Anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences" - Ruth Benedict
That's why. I can't imagine a world without human differences. I wouldn't want to.
We are so busy "civilizing" the world that we're destroying the diversity that has allowed us to thrive. I want to learn what I can from other cultures before they disappear completely.
Anthropology has many different areas of study. Archaeology, linguistics and primatology are just a few examples that are often considered part of the Anthropology department at various universities.
My area of study is Cultural Anthropology: the study of human behaviour. Why do we do the things we do?
My hope is that as I learn about other cultures and how they behave, I'll learn about myself in the process.
Maybe I'll also learn why I do things like this when I think no one is looking:
PS - Yes, I realize that shirt isn't very flattering but it's super comfy. I promise I'll change it before I go out in public again
PPS - Pictures like this are what happen when you don't hide your telephoto lens from your husband.