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University of Illinois at Chicago (Psychology)
I'm a recent graduate of UIC, having received my Bachelor's in Psychology and English this December. While at UIC, I was a staff tutor for eight semesters at the Writing Center. I cherish my experiences from the Writing Center and the mentorship of my instructors within the English Department to the extents of my person. The opportunities to meet with people from every perspective and speed over the page and then to discuss how to facilitate each individual's voice taught me further means of introspection and gave me safe spaces to engage with people as the feminist I define myself to be. I consider my time spent with people like the writers, instructors, and tutors of the Writing Center, my fellow classmates as responsible for teaching me how to express myself as boldly as I have as a UIC student, and I intend to pay them back by continuing to pursue my academic curiosities by way of (hopefully) attending an MFA creative writing program for poetry in Fall 2015. There's a PhD in me, but it'll have to boil first.
As the final lines from above somewhat insinuated, I’m a poetry sort. Presently, I'm an intern with editors Virginia Konchan, Glenn Shaheen, and Michelle Sinsky at Matter, an online journal concerned with publishing politically-centered writing and thought. These brilliant people and the writers/artists we meet provide me direct contact with the greater conversations of today's vast, conflicting cultures. I write when I can, and it tends to be poetry; but I can't say I have a single preferred form. Louise Gluck, Carl Phillips, Andre Breton, Laura Kasischke, Mary Ruefle, Jack Spicer: all are beloved poets in my heart but they're far from the entirety of writers I appreciate.
In true non sequitur fashion, I'm a long distance runner, city biker, and knitter, having been clicking needles since kindergarten. The majority of my family and friends received yarn-composed gifts this year, as I tend to show my adoration for people through what I can make rather than buy. I'm a from-scratch baker, too, having happily volunteered to bake this year's 7 Thanksgiving pies (two pumpkin, two dutch apple, a mincemeat, a tomato, and a caramelized onion) for the family. I like to pinch pennies and eat well simultaneously, so I've come into the habit of baking my own bread rather than buy it, and I can't remember the last time I bought a loaf. My cousin also commissioned me to bake 30 pies as gifts, which I made in under 24 hours. I'd do both again without hesitation. Perhaps the next step will be knitting cozies and/or wintry gear to accompany the pies and breads. Hmm... Thoughts abound! I'm a recent graduate of UIC, having received my Bachelor's in Psychology and English this December. While at UIC, I was a staff tutor for eight semesters at the Writing
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