For this project, I had to go and get two different things from two different people. The first thing I got was a favorite motivational quote. I went to talk to pastor Andy Nelson, and he said that his favorite quote came from Lilla Watson, an artist and activist for Aboriginal Australians. The quote is “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because you recognize your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” When asked why he chose this quote, he said, “It’s really tempting when trying to help others, to get caught up in a dynamic of ‘I’m helping, I have the power.’ This shows that it’s not really about that, but that we are all connected.”
The second thing I had to get was a creatively bent red paper clip. I went to the admissions office and sat down with Steven Ricke, a new councilor for this year. He bent the paper clip into a double handle shape. I asked him why he bent it into that shape and he gave me a quote.
“I kinda get fidget-y sometimes. It gives me something to do.”