5 Lessons Learned as the College Class of 2020

This week, I received confirmation that my diploma has been awarded and I am, in fact, no longer a student. As I wait for that piece of paper in the mail, I figured what better way to recognize that than to share with you a few things that I take with me from both inside and outside the classroom as I move into my new role as part of the working world.

Two Movements, One Choice

Our actions within each movement speak louder than any of us ever could when it comes to what we really believe life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means. Over time, what we do will determine where this reality takes us; optimistically, I am hoping for the best. But I also know that it is up to every one of us to do the work, educate ourselves, protect both ourselves and the people we love, and to pay attention to what’s happening in the world before it’s too late.

Say Their Names

Within one large group of people, there is always a divide between one side or another. Even within one minority—black people in this case—there are still some who are offered more humanity or more visibility than others. Here, we see the men more than we see the women. At least that’s what a lot of people they are seeing. Welcome to pride month everyone. Because the black trans* and queer community is the group you most likely forgot to remember. Today, we’re getting intersectional.

If Silence Could Kill

It feels like the world is on fire and in the US, some of it actually is. This time, these flames do not feel like they are going out quickly. George Floyd did not die a while ago. And the Minnesota protests did not begin a while ago. And Donald Trump’s tweet did not happen a while ago. These things are happening now, and I think they’re important to talk about; they will very likely affect all of our lives from here on out, regardless of the color of your skin.