Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been MIA on social media for the last month. With the recent uprising over racial injustices, I’ve found myself eager to learn more about our history; immersing myself in books, documentaries, and Wikipedia pages. Learning about events like Black Wall Street, Seneca Village, Bruce’s Beach, and the Chinese massacre of 1871, as well as The Daughters of the Confederacy, I couldn’t help but feel lied to since so much of this was glazed over or completely left out of the school history books I remembered. I realized that I could learn better in a formal setting, so I signed up for a few online courses, and wow has it been a whirlwind! It’s been so long since I’ve been in school that I forgot how demanding college classes can be – but I’m also enjoying them so much more than I did when I was younger. It’s such a different experience when you actually want to absorb the information, instead of passing the class to check off a list. Though I’m definitely outside of my comfort zone, I’m excited to pivot towards helping social causes. It almost feels like there’s a new chapter in my life brewing.
Photos by Chris Dyer.
Have you stepped outside of your comfort zone lately?