Spotlight on Demi Pritchard

  • Concentration Areas

 Biology, Cultural Anthropology, Geography 


  • Senior Capstone Project

"The Muddled Organic Terminology"

The term organic has become shallow and muddled as large corporations have caught on to the increasing awareness and concern of the public's transition to organic items. The definition of organic has become twisted through the media, leading consumers to lack a concise understanding of the profundity of organic methods. Organic is not just a word denoting a healthily produced item, it is a mosaic of holistic practices of mindfulness, philosophical interconnectedness, and respect toward the Earth. The goal I am aiming to reach in my project is to provide a clear definition of the term through a foundation of scholarly articles. Once the infrastructure of the meaning is set, I will focus specifically on how organic farmers and growers in the southeastern region of the United States achieve and simultaneously define the term organic through their philosophical ploys, growing methods, and biodiversity aims. 


  • Why Interdisciplinary Studies Is the Degree for Me 

Fall of 2012 I had a major transition in my development as an individual. My focus shifted and I beganexercising mindfulness toward my actions and observing the path I wanted to lead. Two semesters from graduation I switched my major to Cultural Anthropology and began working at an all-natural and organic store, New Yokel Market. I became enlightened to the process of manipulation I had fallen under in multiple aspects such as large corporations, media, and the overall manner of my thinking process. My interest peaked in self-direction and self-sustainability, to provide and create for myself. I began developing an intense passion to stimulate and encourage my ideologies to manifest. I have grown a conflicted state with bureaucratic systems, one of the most prevalent is the school system I am a part of with the university. A dilemma sat deep with me after I realized the right direction that resonated with me, to exert my energy toward organic growing and ultimately become self-sustainable. I would either drop out of the system to begin my journey and gain experience or stay in school and push through to the finish, which wasn't terribly far away. Then I was told of the IDS program, which eased me as I have a strong desire for connection with professors and discussion, I wasn't quite ready to leave the university. The program resonated with me as I would be the conductor of my degree. Rather than following a set of guidelines to obtain a degree, I would be creating my own masterpiece and unfolding my own path.