Using privilege to end privilege

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This past weekend has been not only inspiring but has instilled hope in me for my country, something that I never thought possible. Participating in the Women’s March in Madison, Wisconsin was something that I was very unsure about at first. I had never participated in a demonstration before. What if I went and it turned awry? What if it got violent? What if there had been an anti-protest in response to this one? I didn’t want to get caught in the middle of the violence, if it were to turn that way, because that’s not who I am.

However, it’s time for me to stop being afraid and to allow my passion for justice and equality to be shown. I may be one voice, but this was too important not to participate.

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What I learned in my first semester of graduate school, being a student

I have said it before, and I will say it again. The more that I learn, whether it be in school or in my personal experiences, the more that I learn that I don’t know anything. Well, I guess that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I don’t not know anything, but the more that I learn the more that I learn how much more there is to learn….if you can follow my logic.

This has not been proven more true than this past semester, my first semester in graduate school. This past semester was extremely difficult for me, not only did I learn much about who I am as a person and the things in my personal life that I struggled with, but I had to relearn how to be a student. I had to relearn how to create good study habits, manage my time well, and manage stress well. On top of that, being a graduate teaching assistant, I had to learn how to be both student and teacher at the same time. There were days when I honestly was not sure that  I was going to make it, and I honestly cried myself to sleep. However, I do not regret those blood, sweat, and tears….okay, okay so really only tears, but there were a lot of them.

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2016 can suck it.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted last. I’ll be honest with you, my first semester of graduate school was extremely difficult for me. I felt I was constantly a hot mess, and the worst part, everyone, including my professors and my advisers, could tell. It was kind of embarrassing sometimes. However, I’m going to chalk it up to being normal for a first semester graduate student, especially one who took two years off school in between undergrad and grad.  Graduate school is a whole new ball game, which is why I took time off writing to fully focus on that. However, writing is a passion of mine, and I slowly started to feel the ache of not being able to have the time, the energy, or the focus to write blog posts. So, alas, after three weeks of basically doing nothing but relaxing and hanging out with friends and family, I finally feel recuperated and ready to put something new out there.

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