Get Uncomfortable

Your challenge is to do at least one hour of fieldwork, immersing yourself in a cross-cultural or sub-cultural experience – a place, event, activity  that makes you uncomfortable.  Do “fieldwork” and write up a “thick description” of your experience.

Tip: Find a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is very different from you and ask them to take you to a place, event or activity outside your comfort zone.


  1. Stretch yourself to experience a different cultural or subcultural reality.  For example, if you are atheist, go to church.  If you are Christian, go to a Buddhist retreat. In short, do something you would probably never otherwise do and open yourself up to the experience
  2. Make sure that it is “cultural” in that it involves engaging and interacting with people.
  3. After the event, write up a “thick description” of your experience.  A thick description is an exquisitely detailed description of the setting, participants, activities, interactions, and social dramas playing out that allow the reader to feel as if they are really there.

Post a photo or photo essay of your adventure on Instagram and share your thick description with the hashtags #anth101 #anth101challenge6 #yourgroup