When I started at K-State as a student 19 years ago, I was struggling with those prickly questions that perhaps all young people must grapple with as they enter adulthood: Who am I? What am I going to do? Am I going to make it? I had hoped K-State would help me find the answers.
Instead of finding answers, I kept finding more questions. One day while sitting in Dr. Ottenheimer’s anthropology class I discovered the three sisters of those questions I had been so desperately pondering: Who are we? What are we going to do? Are we going to make it? Over the next seven years I journeyed all over the world seeking the answers. It was a magnificent journey. And somewhere along the way I discovered that these six questions were, in all their impossible complexity, the magnificent gifts that inspired it all.
As luck or fate would have it, I finished my journey (and my Ph.D) just as Dr. Ottenheimer was retiring, and now I stand to teach exactly where I once sat to learn. But don’t expect any answers from me. If you would like someone to ponder the questions with, please stop by, or let’s go to lunch. It’s what K-State, and life itself, are all about.
Dr. Michael Wesch
K-State Professor of Cultural Anthropology