My name is Maren Orchard, and I am a double major in public history and women and gender studies. As a Muncie resident, participating in the Everyday Life in Middletown project has been an important experience for me to develop a better understanding of my hometown. I had the opportunity to serve on the recruit informant and history committees as well as and the website and data committees. Outside of the VBC, I am the Director of Online Promotions for Student Honors Council and a peer mentor for the Honors College.
In my day diaries, I tended to focus on my emotional responses to the events around me and was frequently concerned about the thoughts and emotions of others and how they might relate to me. I caught myself feeling worried for the man who couldnâ€™t cross Bethel and for the other patients at my doctorâ€™s office. My favorite daily ritual is pausing outside my front door at sunrise to take a deep breath and look around me, grounding myself in nature before walking to work.