I am Keith Proctor and will receive a baccalaureate of science degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership along with a minor in Physics. I anticipate graduating in the spring of 2015. During my undergraduate studies, I have found my physics classes the most challenging, yet highly rewarding. Through compiling information in physics and astronomy, I have had the opportunity to give a few different public presentations regarding those findings, while proposing interactive questions that were developed during the research inquiry.
I am essentially interested in the metaphysics of physics: the force that is all around and within, yet not so readily detected or measurable. I am also interested in processes of learning and how life is modified by way of choices. This is directly relevant to me because by understanding how nature is connected, I am able to share a variety of stories that assist others to know themselves and embrace their connectivity to the overall web of life. Hence, I am interested in graduate programs that relate to natural healing/wellness, teaching, and outdoor education.
This is an overarching area of interests that I shall further explore in the summer of 2013, during an outdoor adventure research experience where I participate in discovering the answer to the question, “what is the basis of the wilderness experience?”. While embarking on a bicycle tour from the West Coast to the East Coast, I will be completing a literature review of authors from Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, to Ralph Emerson. I will look into the validity of these authors’ views on nature, education, metaphysics, transcendentalism, teaching, spirituality, programming the unconscious for conscious change, the value of story, and relationships to the Life Force.
My hopes of attending graduate school surround the idea that I will be able to learn from, study with, and teach others, who have distilled life’s options down to similar interest. A place where a deeper understanding of what is truly sought could be shared. I want to be able to come to an essential knowingness within one’s discipline that brings forth the mastery of wisdom followed by the graduation where the student becomes the teacher.
McNair Summer Research Mentor: Dr. Dee Southard, Associate Professor and McNair Program Director