2015 Winter Shadows Examples
Here are just a few examples of previous Shadow experiences:
Lexi Leonetti, junior English major, participated in a Shadow at Method, an experience design firm. In her words:
"Method has over 200 employees in three offices: SF, New York City, and London. Method has collaborated with a multitude of companies ranging from Lush Cosmetics to TED to Google. Their clean and intuitive designs are award-winning, but their work isn’t limited to design."
"Over the course of ten days, I conducted research audits, prepared a presentation of those audits, collected stock photos to fit a presentation of a proposed user journey, participated in an all-day brainstorming session where we tracked several user journeys provided with every possible technological availability, and wrote an entirely new manifesto for the company Method was developing a proposal. This externship went beyond the concrete outcomes, though; simply being in the studio, becoming a temporary part of the team, and taking in all of the shared ideas and collaboration that’s so essential to Method’s work was just as significant as the rest of it. By hanging out, eating lunch at the studio, and striking up conversations with people over the studio’s Chemex coffee brewer (Stumptown was their roaster of choice, ironically enough) I got to hear how different people got to Method through their own unique career paths, as well as a feel for the industry as a whole, extending beyond Method."
Sophomore psychology major Savanah Walseth participated in a Reed winter Shadow at the Multnomah County Commissioner’s office, assisting with public policy work regarding homelessness. Here's a bit about her experience:
"I got a lot of independence to go to meetings, conduct research and explore housing policy issues facing our county."
"I had the opportunity to conduct research and use some of my investigation skills to come up with missing pieces to our puzzle of ending homelessness...One of my biggest tasks was putting together a list of individuals that should be part of the larger conversation. This included a wider variety of community members, funders, individuals on boards of non-profits, advocates, etc. Most public policy issues cannot be solved with just a small group of individuals and a few meetings, they take a whole community to act together and advocate for a cause. I was able to add to the community of advocates so that our community can successfully support our most vulnerable neighbors who live on our streets."
Maggie Maclean, class of 2016, worked at a veteran’s hospital, assisting patients through recreational and art therapy. She reports:
"My favorite part of the week was leading a painting workshop for the residents. Originally I was just going to sit in on the class, but their regular teacher was sick so I teamed up with one of the recreational therapists to lead the class. This gave me a chance to connect with some of the residents and hear their stories. I finally felt like I was in my element - I showed them how to mix colors and create different textures, but I also saw that it really didn’t matter what we were painting. The beauty of the exercise was that it gave us something to do as a group, a point of connection, an opportunity for conversation and a challenge we could succeed at together."