About

Hello there!

My name is Zoey. I’m 25 years old and currently working on my M.A. in Criminology. I absolutely love my field and want to be a researcher, writer, teacher, or other type of person – in criminal justice – and change the world. At least a little bit.

I’m starting a PhD in Sociology starting in the fall of 2013. I love writing and reading, and the heavy workloads of the past few years have given me so many excuses not to write. Why do you need excuses to not do something you love to do? Who knows?

I still read voraciously, but I want to feel my voice again. I want to write and not be graded on it. I want to be me, in words, brutally honest and potentially volatile.

In a few months, I hope that this blog will showcase my ability both as an individual and a scholar without filters. This could go very well, or very badly, but thanks for being along for the ride!

Caveat

I’ve discovered the need to include caveats in a lot of my posts, so here we have an overarching caveat.

I want to address something. Sometimes, when I’m writing a blog (particularly the last two), things may get a bit personal.

If you are a person who knows me in real life, friend, family, or colleague, please consider these parts as they are intended. I want to say that I do not have any unresolved issues that I need help with. Rather, I am working through a personal and academic process of utilizing my real-world experiences when I think about things. I think that it’s important for people to own their experiences, whatever they may be, at least for me, because they can create a very valuable tapestry that influence how we see the world. Whether I am using personal experience to inform a criminological thought-rant or I am essentially using blogging as a therapeutic tool, this is not a thing you need to be worried about. I prefer the former over the latter – there is a fine line between acknowledging/incorporating your whole self and using discussion as a platform to hash out your own private issues in public – but this is new to me, and I may not get it right every time.

It’s scary to break a taboo like this, and this is one reason why I rarely mention my blog, and never on Facebook. I’m working on it. Feedback is welcome, but please, if you have a problem with what I am saying, think hard about your own reasons for feeling that way, and maybe we can have a talk about it.

Love you all, and thank you for visiting my blog!

Z

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