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I’m a grad school drop-out who writes about a myriad of topics including social justice, my rescue dogs, and books. Instagram: @mathsiiin

A social justice writer with a love for carrot cake and the ocean

Me with my husband Alec and our rescue dogs Jasper (left) and Ginny. Photo provided by author.

On Medium and Twitter, part of my tiny bio includes the words “grad school drop-out.” This descriptor is important to me because I was married to the idea of school, academic accolades, and degrees for way too long. I feel proud that I left a program that wasn’t a financially…

An organized list of links to my stories based on topic

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I got the idea to create a Table of Contents from Casira Copes. I like that she just has a list pinned on her Medium page with emojis for easy navigation, and I’ve recently felt frustrated by the Medium…

Charles Mills’s thesis stands the test of time

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I began reading Charles Mills’s explosive book The Racial Contract while I was enrolled in a graduate program in 2020. Mills is a philosopher by degree and profession, with a focus on “social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race.”

His book…

Derek Chauvin was found guilty today, but there is still work to be done

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I am the opposite of a social butterfly, especially when it comes to social media. I deleted two of my social media accounts recently, and only made a Twitter account within the last week.

Suffice to say, I am usually unaware of breaking news and social events. …

Another child of color was shot in Chicago, and here’s what it teaches us

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[TW: police brutality, murder]

On Tuesday, April 13th, video footage was released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability of Chicago showing the homicide of Adam Toledo at the hands of a Chicago Police Officer on March 29th, 2021. Toledo was 13 years old at the time of his death.

And I’m Okay With That

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When I first joined Medium, it was in a period of joblessness. My husband and I had been planning a move, and I had given our anticipated moving date to my job so that I could be transferred to a location near our new house…

Do all women share the same collective anxiety?

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I entered the patient waiting room with the nurse. The room was small, and the nurse was a tall man named Trey. The door closed.

After a long wait, the doctor entered. He was a tall, muscular, early-middle-aged man named Evan. I was seated in one of the chairs usually…

I’m a woman with visible tattoos. What does this mean for my job prospects?

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I recently accepted a new job that starts on Monday. It’s my first job in an office setting since I’ve always held jobs that have had me on my feet in retail or working with kids. This will be different.

Over the last few years, I’ve started to acquire a…

Stop making wokeness a goal

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I recently moved from Chicago to Michigan, and I miss the city that was my home for the last four years.

There are so many little things that made a densely populated and busy city feel like home to me- local eateries, memories of summer night bicycle rides, the sound…

An introvert’s advice on moving to a new town

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I recently moved, along with my husband and dogs, to a new area. We left Chicago where we had lived for the last few years to come to Michigan and settle down. …

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