Meet MWW Fall Intern Bethany Haines!

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Hello everyone!

As the seasons change outside of the NGS headquarters in Washington, D.C.,
so do the interns. My name is Bethany,
and I’m the fall intern for My Wonderful World, here to introduce myself and my
perspective on the ways in which geography is not just an important tool to us, but is ingrained in us. I look forward to hearing from all of you!

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In 30 seconds or less (depending on how fast you read), I’ll
give you a run-down of what got me interested in Geography, and how I landed in
my NatGeo desk chair. I just graduated
from Bucknell University in rural Pennsylvania,
a school about three hours from any major city (see map).
I used to joke that it wasn’t the middle of nowhere, but the center of
everywhere. Bucknell is a J.Crew photo-shoot in the
middle of Amish country, so naturally I became interested in dynamic landscapes
after I came to school. My spatial
interest grew through my dance experiences as I realized a single body could
mold the stage into different worlds, simply by changing its relationship to
the space. I then gained some global
perspective on space from an awesome class on global agriculture (a topic we’ll
get to in future blogs), and after two years of college I realized I was
destined to live life as a geo-nerd, explaining and defending geography and the
relationship between people and places.

One of the ways I’ve tried to contextualize geography is by
relating it to current events and personal issues in people’s lives. But, I realized that most students at my
school didn’t pick up a newspaper or keep track of current events, even with TV
and internet (see
this article
on how little current events knowledge has changed even with
advances in technology). I started thinking about the lack of the knowledge of
current events among today’s youth (elementary school through college) in
relation to their lack of geographical knowledge…and it made sense. Our national geographic illiteracy is
certainly a product of our lack of knowledge and understanding about global
events. Parents and educators should consider the impact of encouraging kids to
read about global events at a young age. The relatively easy activity of
watching and reading international news will lay the foundation for a global
consciousness. We need to demonstrate how our actions are interconnected and
interdependent with the rest of the world, and how our personal decisions are
global and geographical. This deepens
our understanding of geography in so many ways, and helps to rid our country’s
idea that geography is just memorizing maps.

You might have heard of "Lilly the World
Mapster"
(by far the cutest Geographer ever) on YouTube.

 

This
eight-minute video has Lilly identifying the location of dozens of countries on
a world map, most likely shaming many politicians and world leaders in the
process. What’s interesting is that
Lilly didn’t start memorizing maps for the sake of memorization or for a grade
(because she’s two)…she started as a way to understand where her uncle was
going for his mission work, which shifted to understanding where her Grandfather
fought in the war, and which will hopefully grow into a deeper understanding
when she can actually write.

Geography is a personal thing for me and Lilly, and it can
be that way for everyone too! Keeping up with global current events, chatting
about it with your friends, your neighbors, or your kids will bridge the gap
between the United States and the world. Stay informed simply by picking up a newspaper and you’re on the
way to becoming a global citizen with a personal understanding of the world at
large. America is certainly not like my school; it is not the middle of nowhere, it is not
the center of everywhere, but a part of the global community which we’ve
ignored for far too long.

Send me your comments, thoughts, opinions…. I’d love to
hear from you!!

Bethany for My Wonderful World

 

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13 responses to “Meet MWW Fall Intern Bethany Haines!

  1. Bethany:
    I’m glad you’re there at NGS doing the good work you are doing. Yes, Lilly is amazing, topped recently only perhaps by Matt’s Dancing Around the World video on:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNF_P281Uu4
    One could use the above video in the classroom to ask students: What do these landscapes have in common? What do these climates have in common? How are they different, and why? Which ones are urban? What biomes do they represent? What do the people’s (hair color, clothes, etc) have in common? How are they different, and why? What is your favorite landscape, and why? Of these places, where would you most like to live, and why?

  2. Hi Bethany! GREAT picture… that was taken in Arches NP, correct?
    I totally agree that its important to get kids interested in global affairs at a young age… there are so many ways to make it fun & interesting (like this blog!!)
    I’m looking forward to reading you posts this fall.

  3. Welcome, Bethany! Another great geographer to share her knowledge with all of us in education. My Wonderful World is gaining more and more popularity here in California. I’m looking forward to working with you and reading your posts.

  4. Thanks for making me feel so welcome, everyone!! I’m glad to hear that MWW is gaining momentum and getting big in California.
    I’m also happy to learn that so many “geographical” Youtube videos are getting millions of hits. I loved reading an earlier MWW blog post from former-intern Jeremy about dancing Matt (http://mywonderfulworld.typepad.com/my_wonderful_world_blog/2008/08/wheres-matt.html). I definitely think Matt’s global snapshots are a great way of teaching geography and promoting a sense of shared humanity. I hope more teachers can integrate Youtube in their classrooms—it’s a surprisingly educational resource sometimes!
    And good eye, Jake. My profile picture was taken in Arches National Park earlier in the summer before Wall Arch fell. Of all the arches in the Park, Wall Arch (by my campsite!) seemed to be one of the strongest. Just goes to show that physical landscapes can be extremely deceiving…and awesome.
    Thanks again for all of your comments.

  5. One drop tobacco spit down city hence india distress?
    clean u ‘re home? Clean u’re city?
    Do u like u’re home/city?
    Why spit tobacco u’re home/city?
    Drop india distress ???
    Avoid india distress…
    Since human evolution was worked environment , farmer, agricultural , clean earth and were not make money.
    Since india country were not environment lesson.
    Next year india population knew not distress. One drop tobacco down home & city hence india distress….
    Before year india were good national volunteer , now india distress…..
    Since human evolution has worded own accord national volunteer . Now less national volunteer & environment department.
    One drop tobacco down distress. Tobacco eat damage body. Lazy tobacco work.
    U see that people eat tobacco, sleep day, out work visit ,
    Minister said hear that not stick newsletter . minister won vote for.
    Minister is standing responsible. Do u believe minister ?
    Minster said newsletter , won vote for. Have not signature PROOF? Speech false newsletter won vote for. Minister saw not unclean city, environment, volunteer.
    Minster see not social that people sit toilet on city, spit dirty hence used be malaria bite by us, fall ill-fever dead . Not say building toilet big house, dust boxes.
    Minister dreamed win vote for. Do u like minister? u worship god of the minister.
    Minister is standing responsible, speech newsletter…our are not available minister. we are doing own accord volunteer , work environment.
    Hear newsletter….
    One drop tobacco down, india distress? Why?
    From government Learn not lesson that ….( not stick)
    Family’s more children….
    More population damping painful, dead people. Entered terrorist .
    An environment work less department. Out state building not school, college, office. Hindu religion population drop muslim people,
    Drop states entered more population in maharashtra state.
    Why u pray more god? U worship pray confess god, but where from pay by u?
    An environment and volunteer working satisfy. A god wrote saint poet environment and volunteer…
    Debate – fighting people….
    The police picked gun of bullet exact Kill not dead citizen people. And exact to people Fall unconsciousness
    Terrorist
    The police picked gun of bullet exact kill dead by terrorist.
    The only way to survive city congestion is to spark a METRO REVOLUTION with the Centre and the states working together…
    A revolution on a railway track. It’s that straightforward . engineering a success story for urban India’s daily traffic battles is simple. The answer has already presented itself in the
    Capital through a mass rapid transit system built by the Delhi Metro Rail corporation. It’s a blueprint that has to be implemented in the rest of the country.
    In maharashtra state…
    Not build Metro need In maharashtra ? why?
    After the deluge : the devastating 2005 Mumbai floods killed over 4000 people and left many homeless, who said close Metro railway track? Did sharad pawar congress I leadership spoken newsletter close Metro railway track? sharad pawar dreamed win vote for Congress I, say newsletter help life assurance by poor people? Will be get newsletter Proof signature? False speech newsletter life assurance help by poor people ? Where from pay life assurance help by poor people ? Sharad Pawar is responsible speech newsletter…
    Can’t build metro railway station? Next india distress floods kill dead people?
    Poor people get not job, stay not road, go work New Metro. Railway metro build not top level, Top level break metro railway down accident . Build metro railway under from ground level to top level…
    Want Freedom india country? Except india beggar out countries ?
    Nuclear consent ?
    Believe freedom india?
    Friendship india except out countries?
    Want Believe Friendship ,
    Want Believe freedom india?
    India freedom country, Here…
    Except out countries , long tour countries ? Long tour problem? interrupt line?
    How nuclear consent? Exchange, education, send excellent lesson, traveler .
    job need ? all world one name private/government/company .
    Countries people sleep day, call india people go to job country ? stay election card?
    Get not job countrie’s people ?
    Why closed muslim country nuclear consent ? terrorist muslim attack us…a mulsim people less smart clever. why drop muslim?
    Hindu and muslim are not debate, fight.
    Relationship, friend confess. Do not drop job muslim…
    Left side hindu and Right side muslim…Government work hindu & muslim…
    Who man clever Top excellent Human evolution and history Search past-present-future….
    An India country are excellent all world top one number? Confess
    Half Foreign enjoy more people sexy romance love, less excellent. An India country is less sexy love and good smart clever…
    All foreign people are not more sexy love romance. Smart excellent whom foreign people Research geographic, knowledge discovery , History knowledge, Human evolution research, computer knowledge and less cultural, vedic, poet-saint
    Were india country researched computer system knowledge? From foreign computer sent lesson to india country.
    An india are excellent cultural, smart clever people india . Research Ayuverdic ,vedic, poet-saint, god of story and less research , discovery.
    Alternate Head india
    Whose is technical play name?
    Cricket , football, kadaddi -gol kho kho
    Top technical football/tennis play chess excellent .
    Medium technical play cricket
    Down technical kabaddi- gol kho kno…
    Cricket play more payment.
    Football/tennis medium payment
    Kabaddi – gol kho kno less payment
    Entertainment play.
    No play employment/service…

  6. Guess ? next Guess? Back maharashtra state?
    Can out state enter more population in the maharashtra state? Maharashtra people get not job, stay not home, next maharashtra hindu hide friend mulslim terrorist, fight city,
    U do not know next distress year..
    Can’t build metro railway station? Next india distress floods kill dead people?
    Poor people / beggar people go work building metro railway & road.
    Right side old railway and new left site metro build railway .
    I saw that the police stood not walk see security visit on the city., hidden entered terrorist.
    Do not work full day environment clean city. (Work clean at morning only, 24 hours work not city) Government unclean railway, ST bus, road on the cities.
    An environment work city full days, see security walk visit away out terrorist. (keep bombblast) how smell bombblast ? Why government closed not beggar, animals on the cities?
    Back back government notice. New private notice take in the government department…
    Alternate Head india
    Daily day , habit chewing tobacco, smoke, why more more chewing tobacco, smoke out home? Do not tobacco, smoke in u;re home? Do u like eat chewing shrikhand, basundee, jilebee, gulab jam, sugar sweet ? why u eat not chewing more more sugar sweet , daily day? Why u chew more more tobacco, smoke ?
    I say not avoid smoke, tobacco them. Avoid tobacco, smoke unfit body. U close tobacco, smoke out u;re home…
    Why government closed not stick tobacco, smoke ? tobacco opposed social , lazy work tobacco, smoke hence unclean city, more population , entered hide terrorist,
    Why build not dustbin boxes, toilet building ? ( I saw that people sit toilet on the cities)
    Why less government department environment ? avoid enter hide terrorist, unclean city, malaria bite by dead people,
    Once minister and shivsena said not newsletter. All maharashtra citizen people say ,
    Do like congress & BJP ; police & advocate stay in maharashtra state ?
    we are doing own accord volunteer , work environment.
    From maharashtra state learning lesson to all states…
    Get not job? An environment work farmer, building, department office . why more population? get not job. Frequently job, where payment ?
    A tree used be cash supply. U put water tree, keep tree in the earth… Why u pray more god? U worship pray confess god, but where from pay by u?
    An environment and volunteer working satisfy. A god wrote saint poet environment and volunteer…
    The human evolution was worked environment , farmer, agricultural , clean earth and
    were not make money
    Why America send dollars to india country ? whose is dollars? USA OR INDIA ?
    Stop family’s three-four children, next normal population .
    ( NO decrease-increase population )
    Hindu and muslim are not debate, fight. Hindu & muslim are opposing religion.
    Relationship work , friend confess. Do not drop job muslim…
    Left side hindu and Right side muslim…Government work hindu & muslim…
    Can’t build metro railway station? Next india distress floods kill dead people?
    Poor people / beggar people go work building metro railway & road.
    Right side old railway and new left site metro build railway .
    One drop tobacco spit down city hence india distress?
    clean u ‘re home? Clean u’re city?
    Do u like u’re home/city?
    Why spit tobacco u’re home/city?
    Drop india distress ???
    One drop tobacco down distress. Tobacco eat damage body. Lazy tobacco work.
    U see that people eat tobacco, sleep day, out work visit ,
    One drop tobacco down, india distress? Why?
    From government Learn not lesson that ….( not stick)
    Family’s more children….
    More population damping painful, dead people. Entered terrorist .
    An environment work less department. Out state building not school, college, office. Hindu religion population drop muslim people ?
    Drop states entered more population in maharashtra state?
    Why u pray more god? U worship pray confess god, but where from pay by u?
    An environment and volunteer working satisfy. A god wrote saint poet environment and volunteer…

  7. http://WWW.USANA.COM
    http://www.JenniferNicoleLee.com
    It is important exercise – Walking ,cycle and running
    Breath body life year..…Stop unfit body…
    Daily day u see long opposite to one point at 10 to 20 minute. Eye Exercises to Strenghten Eye Muscles
    FOOD AND FITNESS
    TO BOOST ENDURANCE
    Regular physical activity does wonders for your health, your shape, and your mood. No matter what your age, health, and level of fitness, there’s a form of exercise to suit you.
    Exercise burns calories; it also keeps bones healthy, improves cardiovascular performance, enhances digestion, tones the muscles and the skin, and increases your change of getting a restful night’s sleep. In addition to its physical benefits, exercise activates the brain to release endorphins, morphinelike natural painkillers that soothe pain and create a sense of emotional well-being. Endorphins are responsible for the “runner high” that many athletes experience. They help to explain why exercise has a positive impact on your state of mind and ability to manage stress.
    EXERCISE IS ENERGIZING
    The paradox of exercise is that by expending energy you can increase energy. By improving the hearts, performance and ability to pump blood, aerobic exercise makes your body more energy-efficient, and you consume less oxygen when going about normal daily activities. In effect, it is like tuning up a car’s engine and getting better gas mileage. If you are unused to regular exercise, however, you may feel a bit stiff or sore and fatigued at first. Start slowly, perhaps adding only 10 minutes of activity three times a week, and gradually build up the intensity and duration of your workout. After a few weeks of following a regular exercise regimen, most people report a surge of energy.
    EXERCISE BURNS FAT
    In this sedentary society you need to schedule regular exercise to keep your body trim and improve your health. If you eat more food than your body uses up in energy, the surplus calories are stored as fat. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to combine a healthy low-calorie diet with regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, or aerobic dancing. By speeding up breathing and raising your heart rate, aerobic exercise helps to burns body fat. Undertaking an exercise program however, doesn’t give you a license to eat all the French fries, fudge, and brownies you can lay your hands on. On the contrary, a balanced diet is essential to provide the energy you need to sustain a regular exercise program
    MOVE IT TO LOSE IT
    When you exercise aerobically, your body first burns the glucose circulating, it then turns to the glycogen stored in the muscles and the liver, as well as some fatty acids. Thus, an exercise session longer than about 20 minutes burns more fat and helps to shed weight and keep it off. Endurance training increases the amount f fatty acids being burned. Therefore, the best way to promote fat burning is steady.
    I do not know , today summer day, tomorrow rainy season. Today summer weather change tomorrow rainy season. Summer hot sun, tomorrow hide sun, come cloudy on the sky. Sweat went change weather come clean air..An air wind flow into your ear then unfit body. Summer day hot water change weather rainy season cloudy water. ( u remember summer day tomorrow weather rainy season, how do u clean water ?)
    Do u trouble fever, headache, ill, cough, thirsty-stomach? How do incorrect u’re body?
    In the summer season, from sun burn difficult near hot temperature to u. u use sun goggles, loose thin clothes & cap . Are u avoid smoke, tobacco, alcohol drink incorrect? Early go to hospital.
    Daily day do exercise & yoga , stop unfit body
    The healthy are good remedy with fruit & vegetable. We are not avoid tobacco, smoke , drink alcohol remedy by healthy.
    NOW COME NEW RESEARCH EXERCISE……..
    HEALTH…
    U stop drink a class, see water insect, earth , dirty in the class. U wash clean water a class. U put thin cloth , tight tap. After u drink water.
    U stop eat vegetable, see dirty, poison, insects. U wash clean water with fruit, vegetable. A knife cut fruit, vegetable, open fold , see good clean ?after u eat fruit, vegetable..
    Out toilet , bath U stop u’re hand with sweaty by friend & family . see dirty u’re hand, u wash clean water u’re body- hand, leg… wipe towel/handkerchief u’re body. After u meet / sweaty u’re friend & family.
    U stop touch u’re relation & family with eat lunch, supper breakfast. Follow u see u’re relation & family with lunch, supper ,breakfast. How good eat ? follow u put eat u’re relation & family with in boxes then u eat own OR then u touch not eat u’re relation & family eat. U stop go to medical. U save money. U are happy life…
    Daily day u do exercise at 15-30 minutes, Stop unfit body. Save money, stop loss money.
    From start child do habit exercise…
    Don’t exercise ? U stop breathe u’re heart, Early dead, less senior citizen age…
    Subject : Nature and Health
    The people want to lose-weight, they usually want instant results
    •Any weight-loss plan needs for a lifetime
    •How do u ? Daily day-24 hours : 8 hours rest day, 8 hours sleep, 8 hours work only… change hours tension unfit body.
    •Eat plenty of
    •Dieting – keeping the weight off
    •Drink plenty of fluids-especially water
    • Exercise and Yoga – Daily day 20-30 minute

  8. Before year age, less population. Now More population crowd . Avoid population. No debate. Hindu right side and muslim left side
    Can friendship hindu and muslim ? debate friendship….
    lord shri ram birthdate is 10 jan 5114 bc,ayodhya is birth place of shri ram there was ramjhula ,his rajtilak have been in ayodhya,shri ram ruled here for 1000 years .
    Since then, the matter is sub-judice and this political, historical and …. He
    destroyed the ancient temple and on its site built a mosque, still known as
    Babar’s mosque. …. Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear
    of the Self, … Profiles in Deception: Ayodhya and the Dead Sea Scrolls. …
    The mosque was constructed in 1527 by order of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India.[5][6] Before the 1940s
    ere is a chronology of major events in the dispute ever since the construction
    … 1528: Babri Masjid was built with blessings from the then Mughal ruler Babar
    . … the birth place of Lord Rama and build a temple there. …
    Masjid built by Emperor Babur stands on the border of the town of
    Ayodhya� … Jain monks stating Ayodhya was the place where five Jain
    teerthankars, … The Afghans remained in opposition after the death of Babar in
    1530, … But since the Mutiny (1857), an outer enclosure has been put up in
    front of …

  9. I FOUND , 10 SEPTEMBER 2010 PUBILC HOLIDAY BOTH HINDU AND MUSLIM.
    MUSLIM SAY PRAY ALLA, ALLA MOSQUE .. SOUND
    HINDU SAY PRAY GOD SOUND…
    BOTH SOUND WHAT TIME ? BOTH SOUND PRAY… SHUT UP SHUTP BOTH DEBATE…
    BOTH TIME SOUND PRAY HINDU AND MUSLIM. NO SHUT UP. QUIT PRAY OR QUIET PRAY.
    LIFT SIDE MUSLIM,, RIGHT SIDE HINDE… NOT DEBATE..
    MUSLIM BUY FRUIT ,VEGETABLE. GOOD EAT.
    HINDU BUY FRUIT, VEGETABLE . GOOD EAT.
    NO BAD EAT. BAD EAT. FIGHT NEWS..
    ALL WORLD ONE MAN
    ALL RELIGION ONE MAN
    ALL RELIGION NOT ONE FRUIT , VEGETABEL.
    ALL WORLD ONE FUIT, VEGETABLE. U EAT GOOD. U EAT BAD ,FIGHT NEWS.
    CHRISTAN PEOPLE LIVED IN INDAI COUNTRY. NO FIGHT.
    MUSLIM PEOPLE LIVED IN INDA COUNTRY. HINDU-MUSLIM FIGHT.
    CAN’T FRIENDSHIP DEBATE…….
    BEFORE YEAR LESS POPULATION . NOW MORE POPULATION.
    CONGRESS I SAY FRIENDSHIP DEBATE.
    BJP SAY BREAK MOSQUE MUSLIM AND JAMMU KASHIMR.
    NO CONGRESS I AND BJP SAY VOTE FOR.
    SAY PRAY CONFESS MOSQUE AND GOD.
    WE ARE GOD., WORKING CLEAN NATURE AND HEALTH. TREE WORK.
    A TREE USED BE COLLECT MONEY PLANT, BAMBOO,HERBAL.
    Why u go pray ? Confess say pray. crowd population….avoid more population…
    IN PAKISTAN, AFAGANISTAN COUTRIES ARE DESSERT MOUNTAIN… NEVER STAND TREE. MUSLIM ENTERED IN INDAI COUNTRY. NEXT DEBATE…
    The Hindus and Muslims of Kashmir have lived in harmony since the 13th century … Several Hindu sovereigns ruled the land until 1346, the year of the advent … (1925 to 1950) – laid the foundations of the modern Jammu & Kashmir state. …
    The Muslims and Hindus of Kashmir lived in relative harmony, since the …. Portrait of Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1847, a year after signing the ….. Jammu and Kashmir Government,
    Before year age, less population. Now More population crowd . Avoid population. No debate. Hindu right side and muslim left side
    Can friendship hindu and muslim ? debate friendship….
    lord shri ram birthdate is 10 jan 5114 bc,ayodhya is birth place of shri ram there was ramjhula ,his rajtilak have been in ayodhya,shri ram ruled here for 1000 years .
    Since then, the matter is sub-judice and this political, historical and …. He
    destroyed the ancient temple and on its site built a mosque, still known as
    Babar’s mosque. …. Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear
    of the Self, … Profiles in Deception: Ayodhya and the Dead Sea Scrolls. …
    The mosque was constructed in 1527 by order of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India.[5][6] Before the 1940s
    ere is a chronology of major events in the dispute ever since the construction
    … 1528: Babri Masjid was built with blessings from the then Mughal ruler Babar
    . … the birth place of Lord Rama and build a temple there. …
    Masjid built by Emperor Babur stands on the border of the town of
    Ayodhya� … Jain monks stating Ayodhya was the place where five Jain
    teerthankars, … The Afghans remained in opposition after the death of Babar in
    1530, … But since the Mutiny (1857), an outer enclosure has been put up in
    front of …

  10. DO NOT BELIEVE LAST DECEMBER 2012 YEAR NOSTRUDEMS.
    How lesson ? A tree keep in land. The tree stand life year. I can not break tree…
    Start New tree stand in desert mountain & land.. A tree crossed be over sky, come dark cloudy. Fall rain wa…ter down land, see green land.
    Now A tree stand never in land desert mountain hence wind sur-round disaster stormy . Moveside zone disaster stormy . wind stormy, sea water stormy.

  11. An Earth is life year. Break earth , no life year…
    How break ? Tree…
    Distress ? more sea water,
    Break burning earthquake and volcano ? sun come near an earth

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