Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Patricia Villalobos Echeverría

Second Advisor

Nichole Maury


Day-to-day life is full of habits and routines set in place to maintain our health, each completed without a second thought. Though seemingly tedious, every action toward cleanliness is meaningful time we invest in ourselves. They are crucial to our wellbeing, deserving of our careful attention, not mindless execution. When closely examined, a strange tension is found between the end-goal of hygiene and the disgusting remnants of the steps taken to get there; the former cannot be achieved without confronting the latter. This relationship reveals the true value of these often-overlooked routines. Through intentional observation of the actions themselves and their leavings, they surpass the mundane and are recognized for their own innate beauty.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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