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GRIFFIN HAMSTEAD
2015 Bezos Scholar
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Scholar Spotlight: 2015 Scholar Griffin Hamstead

What are you up to right now? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally / academically / career wise?
Hello, BSP family! As I write this, I am finishing my last semester at the University of Georgia, where I will be graduating with a degree in English and a certificate in Sustainability. I am working on several creative projects, including a novella being published as my undergraduate thesis. My sustainability team in my certificate program is also collaborating with our University to get certification as a Bee Campus. Personally, I am very excited about the intersection of sustainability and art.

Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar alum, and if so — how?
My class of scholars have recently been discussing how excited we are to see one another at the reunion this summer. Unfortunately, BSP cohorts are prone to diaspora (only because of the incredible further education opportunities available to you all!). Whenever one of us finds themselves in another’s town or college, though, you can be sure we will get together to chat and catch up. Please don’t lose this wonderful community! Thankfully, this community doesn’t leave you and that is a gift.

Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
Wow, so many! The best book I read in 2019 was Lauren Binet’s HHhH.

Beloved, Persepolis, From a Crooked Rib and Americanah have all been powerful recent reads of mine from voices of color. Also The Flamethrowers and The Rings of Saturn.

My favorite podcast is Reply All– the hosts are funny and socially acute! Poetry fans: please give Anne Carson a look. She is doing incredible, exciting work with the English language. As far as film goes, Netflix’s DARK and USA’s Mr. Robot are fascinating stories, beautifully told (they’re both TV shows, just so you know what you’re getting into). There’s a wealth of deep-cutting art out there– find what you love and run with it!

Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
Firstly, the story-tellers emerging from every walk of life and all the mediums they are using to communicate their stories. I am inspired by the grassroots movement to combat the negative effects of climate change. I’m inspired by the diversity I see on my campus, and by the people saying correctly that there is more to be done. Finally, I’m inspired by my friends who never let me get away with cynical apathy.

Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
I am learning that asking questions is as important as having answers. This close to my college graduation, I still have many. You all are the right people to be asking the tough questions; it excites me to be a part of this community! Also, please vote: civic engagement is so important.

Contributed by
GRIFFIN HAMSTEAD
2015 Bezos Scholar
Categories
Student Stories

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