I made some big changes in my life recently. Frustrated with the emotional isolation and financial struggles that seemed to plague my life as a grad student, I decided to get a job, move closer to my family, establish some stability in my life, and ultimately, position myself to be able to volunteer more and get involved in things that help my community.
One thing that I knew at the beginning of this process is that if I could not find a way to be involved and contribute to my community, is that the same isolation I felt in grad school would recapitulate in my “new” life. I was depressed and felt disconnected from the communities raised me and which I valued ethically and morally. This summer, I’m making moves. Putting my money (read: my actions, my energy, my time) where my mouth is.
My first project is based in my workplace and will, I hope, result in making life a little better for dogs and cats at my local animal shelter. The project is in the planning stages now, but I am excited about seeing this come to fruition.
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