What does it mean for you to live with the End in Mind?
Keeping the “End in Mind” requires meaningful conversations that cannot just end with someone saying something is “weird” or brushing off uncomfortable topics. For me, “the end” is not a standalone event; the context of a life must be addressed: the current status, the culture, the values, the socioeconomic position, the way language informs the way of thinking, and what being dead entails for an individual and those who survive them. This mindset mandates me to be more intentional about the relationships, machinations, and decisions I make.
Deathbed Playlist Song Choice?
The Tiny Desk version of Kishi Bashi’s “Bright Whites”
Favorite Bucket List Item?
Gaze at the stars from Iceland, Ghana, and Cambodia
What three words would you want people to remember you by?
Ambitious, Earnest, Witty
Write your own epitaph in five words or less.
She gave it her all.
Why did I choose End in Mind over all the other internships?
Two months ago, the internship program coordinators revealed all the startups that reached out to the Macalester Entrepreneurship program. End in Mind immediately caught my attention and reeled me in; it checked all the boxes: non-profit, a mission to improve lives, storytelling, emphasis on creativity, and a twenty minute Metro Transit trip. The fact that End in Mind uses death to propel conversations about life paralleled a Religious Studies class I took, “Working and Living with the Dead,” impeccably. I spent a whole semester looking at the implications of how thinking about death and death practices shape the living; having an opportunity to apply those studies to the present fueled my passion for thinking about death beyond the societal taboos.
Some people say their beginning began with a bang, but I know that I will always start mine with “once upon a time.” I am thrilled to add a new chapter to my story focused on the End in Mind.