Many current psychology students and alumni of our program have spirited blogs which focus on their passions, interests, and work in the field. I read some of their stuff and let me just say that a lot of these posts are extremely moving and inspiring! Check out the content here and read about their individual work below:
Morgan Burke – Graduated in 2014, Current Teacher Aide and Research Assistant
“A thoughtful blog for unapologetic women”
Blog Title: Boss Womyn
When It All Began: August 2017
What is the blog’s purpose – A platform for “womyn” empowerment. For anybody who identifies as a “womyn” and is unapologetically feminine. A place for womyn to share how they are living their lives everyday through all the bull that we have to deal with these days. This blog is a place that highlights the small victories as well as the big victories and a big part of it is to promote being yourself.
A BossWomyn is somebody who does something for themselves without having to apologize.
BossWomyn supports all womyn, respecting each individual’s choice to present themselves in the way that’s comfortable to them, whether in a feminine way or not. Basically, if you want to rock lipstick and pumps, do that. If you prefer baggy sweats and flip flops, that’s cool, too. All womyn are welcome to share their experiences so we can improve female relationships.
Morgan’s personal meaning behind it – I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I knew I had to do something to get started. I was in a bad place when I began it and needed an outlet that I could invest what I wanted to do to feel self-fulfilled. In a way that it’s for other womyn, but it’s a huge part of me. It’s what I aspire to be.
Morgan is offering a no judgment platform for support.
Goals – Morgan would love to create a community within it and through the Instagram for BossWomyn as well and to make it so that womyn don’t feel like they need to apologize for their choices.
Jillian Hummer – Current Senior
“About a year ago after traveling to multiple countries I decided I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with others.”
What is the blogs purpose:
“To help provide information, guides, tips, photos, inspiration, and more for those interested in traveling with or without any anxiety.
The blog focuses on different guides to help plan your next trip to countries in Europe and also is a resource for those who have any anxiety/nerves when dealing with traveling.”
What is your personal meaning behind the creation of this blog or why you continue to do it.
“The personal meaning behind the blog is my passion for traveling and I continue to do it because I hope to share information and inspire others to expand their horizons.
I personally deal with a huge amount of anxiety daily, but traveling is something that I have become extremely comfortable with and want to encourage others to have the confidence to travel too.”
Future goals of the blog:
“The future for this blog is huge as it is being professionally renovated as I type.
I plan to incorporate my psychology degree within my website and offer not only traveling advice but counseling services for those around the world hoping to meet their goals.
The blog will soon also being expanding to offer guides and information about traveling in other areas such as, Tahoe, Reno, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and more!”
Maggie Burns – Graduated in 2014
Her blog is called “Just Not Afraid” which comes from a quote Maggie really loves:
“I’m not crazy, I’m just not afraid”
The website is www.justnotafraid.wordpress.com
“I started the blog in 2015. I was thinking about moving to Hawaii and thought it would be a good way to update/keep in touch with family and friends. When that move didn’t happen the blog turned into a way for me to process my thoughts and share them with others.”
Maggie doesn’t have any big goals for the blog yet. She sees it as a way to write about how she feels to hopefully help somebody else who is struggling with similar issues if they may be reading. She thinks that one day it would be awesome to use some of her content and posts to formulate a book later on, but that’s years from now.
Anza Jarschke and Sonya Hernandez – Alums
Blog Title: Sex, Drugs, and Sustainability
When did it all begin:
“Sex, Drugs, and Sustainability has had many iterations over the course of the years, but we officially started this project on New Year’s 2016. We don’t blog in the traditional sense, but we have made podcasts, micro-vlogs (video blogs), full length vlogs, and other content through social media channels.”
What is the blog’s purpose?
“Sex, Drugs, and Sustainability is a feminist and social-justice media collaboration between Sonya Hernandez and Anza Jarschke to create and distribute media we are interested in. In an increasingly question-ridden world, the mainstream news and media have been exposed as a place where truth is not always present. We want to share our truth, and the truths of the more marginalized that don’t often see themselves in the media. We founded SD&S as a way to bring the conversations we were having about social justice issues, and the world at large, to a broader audience.”
What is your personal meaning behind the creation of this blog?
“One concept we really tried to unpack in the beginning was to expand our perception of what Sustainability means. For us, living sustainably is far more nuanced, intersectional, and communal than simply “being green”. At SD&S we see that the 21st century parameters for a Sustainable Community far surpass the traditional objective to lessen our carbon footprint and includes the health and well-being of our community. To understand the plights of our community, we must also understand the systems of oppression that are intertwined into our lives. This is where we find ourselves: through an intersectional feminist lens, we attempt to deconstruct these systems of oppression and share ways to be resilient throughout the journey.”
“One of our main goals is to break down stigmas of all kind. We talk about different sexual orientations, relationship configurations, drug use, and focus heavily on our own mental health struggles. The hope is by being radically honest about our own experiences, other folks will feel less shame, more acceptance, and get more information about a variety of issues.”
What are your future goals for the blog?
“Right now we are focusing on micro-vlogging on our Instagram and creating podcast episodes as often as we can. It’s difficult these days with both of us living in different states and still in grad school/doing thesis research, but because of our close friendship we still make time to collaborate and create content together.”
Author: Ryan Knuppenburg (Senior Intern)