I don’t often do personal posts, but in light of my latest achievement and its close ties to my internet work, I feel this is a good opportunity for personal/public reflection.
If you haven’t heard, I graduated from UC Berkeley last week. Proudly, I sport honors status from the university and a top 5 distinction in my department. This was a big landmark for me because 1) I worked my ASS off! and 2) learning and knowledge acquisition are huge values in my life. I spent 4 years at community college (I know…INSANELY LONG! Cut me some slack though, I started college at 15) followed by 2 years as a transfer at the university studying law, social science, and issues in education.
My college experience was INCREDIBLE. I attribute this to the high quality education I was offered and fantastic professors I got to work with. My rich involvements and exciting projects topped it off. Amongst my favorites were: philosophy club, SANE @ Berkeley, teaching Female Sexuality, starting up peer sex ed programs at failing high schools, crisis counseling abuse survivors, and of course…all my YouTube stuff!
But now, that’s over. I’ve got degrees in hand. Some of you have been following me since I was just starting my education (AMAZING) and now ask: so…what’s next? And my viewers are not alone. Indeed this is the question of my supervisor, professors, parents, family, and friends. What what what is next?
As I said, lifelong learning is one of my biggest values. So…next up, more learning! Learning doesn’t have to happen at a university. I will be taking a year off from school to do some learning on my own.
-Language Acquisition: Begin learning Spanish. Also, begin studying and practicing Farsi at home so I can speak to my grandparents.
-Travel: Backpacking through Europe July/August 2011 with Adam (he’s the one on the right). Studying history, architecture, and art.
-New social services project: GET PAID! Make money to pay off student loans, to save for grad school, and hopefully to travel again someday. Job possibilities: LGBT suicide counseling, Planned Parenthood, Child Protective Services
-Continue YouTube project: Post more, interact more, learn more!
-Book List: Pick up those titles I have been waiting to have time to read.
-Apply to graduate school: Current plans are to apply to UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and SF State. Tentatively for a MSW.
-Spend time with loved ones
2012-2014: Graduate school
2014-2017: Work as LCSW (therapy) for 3-5 years, likely with abuse victims.
2017: Doctoral degree (PhD or JD, to be decided)
But more importantly than all this, I plan to keep learning what it means to live wholly, to live with eyes/mind/heart wide open, to continue developing my relationships, to keep learning about who I am, and to push my own boundaries. Thanks for all of your unending support in the pursuit of my goals and social justice. You folks are the best cheerleading team a random nerd on the internet could ask for.