Internalized Ableism and the Dichotomy of Valuable Disability

Below is my Disability Memoir midterm. It discusses author Esme Wang’s excellent essay titled Yale Will Not Save You. Enjoy! ___________________________________________ When I first applied to colleges, I presented a complicated application. My academic and personal record was spattered with obvious signs of mental illness; two repeated years to over half a dozen dropped AP…

A Mini Memoir: Anorexia

My introductory assignment for my first class at NYU was to write a brief essay, about 1 page, that would describe a period in my life as if I were writing a mini-memoir. Here’s what I came up with. Most of you have read this story before, but it got a good grade so I…

Holiday Gifts for Mental Health (2020)

I’m sorry, okay, I know there’s only a week and a half left to conceivably purchase and receive these gifts, but I was aghast when I realized that I hadn’t put out a Christmas list for this year yet, and I thought it would be a good little addition to the slew of things I…

Mental Health Resources for Black Folks

I’m not going to wax white poetic. Now isn’t the time or space for my whiteness. But I get enough views on this little blog that I should provide these resources. Below are ways for black folks who read this to access the mental health resources you deserve and that you may be needing now…

Freshman Year, Interrupted

… and with my last discussion post submitted, I just finished my freshman year of college! Of course, it’s not how I wanted its completion to be celebrated. I’m in a dark room in my grandmother’s apartment playing Animal Crossing as if my islanders’ most intimate feelings depended on it. That’s sort of how I…

Coronavirus and Contamination OCD

I know I’m not the only one feeling the effects of the recent global Coronavirus pandemic, despite not having technically been personally touched by it. I know that many folks out there actually do suffer from Covid19 and I’m not claiming to be suffering like they are. That being said, I want to let you…

The Kim Kardashian Test

For many years, whether or not someone liked Harry Potter was paramount to my opinion of them. If they, like some in my 6th grade Algebra class, thought it was “gay,” then I had a problem with them. There are other litmus tests, now, like your opinions on American police and how you talk about…

The Philosophy of Suicide

Please do take all I write here with a grain of salt. I’m just a philosophy major and I’ve not yet taken a class, but I do pride myself on being able to compound information and spit it out cohesively rather well, as well as being able to logic things out, so to speak, passably…

Sartre, Descartes, and the Colonized Mind: A Philosophy Tube Ripoff

The following is based on a video that my favorite Youtuber, Olly of Philosophy Tube, recently did. He’s a British Philosophy MA and after going through a phase of making old dogs like Nietzsche, Mill, and Kant look shiny and new for a nascent and only mildly interested audience, he turned away from a bunch…

On gift giving and self sacrifice

There is a quality of mine that I adore. It gets me into so much trouble and causes so much suffering, but I can’t lose it. It’s an inextricable element of my identity. I’m the one who cares more. I’m the one who always gives. And that’s quite painful. I was thinking back, the other…

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