get-educated

I’m really sick of the idea that being in academia means you aren’t in the “real world” and are somehow too isolated to have legitimate opinions on the same political issues that affect everyone like taxes and social safety nets and things.

Like yeah, I’m a grad student so in some ways I have job security until I graduate. I also make the equivalent of working 40 hours a week at $12/hour and I have to pay my taxes and bills just like everyone else, including paying fees back to the university for the privilege of being paid my small but livable salary. I’m not living in an ivory tower where I never have to budget or where I don’t have medical bills or expensive surprises. I am no more sheltered from the “real world” and its stresses than any other 20-something making a similar salary.

The things that do shelter me aren’t the level of education that gets me labeled as a “liberal elite.” They’re things like being a planned child in a stable upper-middle-class family and having an SO who works in the “real world” but makes unrealistic amounts of money for someone our age and not having to worry about being able to afford medications or to see a doctor or to access birth control.

It’s actually because I know how much money matters and how much being able to plan children matters and how much all of those factors truly sheltered me and allowed me to pursue my education that I’m too liberal for my family. And telling me that I’ll understand when I have a ‘real job’ ignores that I pay taxes and bills and live real life now.

Like don’t get me wrong, academia is full of elitism and biases and secret conventions that are hard for outsiders to learn and we need to acknowledge that. But that doesn’t change that our daily life is not somehow less real than any other adult’s.

GOD FUCKING DAMN IF BETSY DEVOS GETS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION IM GONNA BE SO SPITEFUL FUCK LOOKS LIKE IM GETTING THAT EXTRA DEGREE IN ED POLICY IM FEELING A CIVIC DUTY TO MAKE MY TIME AS A TEACHER COUNT LIKE HELL AND THEN WORK MY WAY TO SOME SORT OF LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION BECAUSE WOW ILL BE DAMNED IF THIS BITCH WHO DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHAT ONE OF THE MOST MAJOR GAINS IN EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WAS CALLED RUINS THE LIVES OF ANY STUDENTS LONGER THAN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. FUCK HER. FUCK TRUMP. FUCK OUR CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION. BUT ESPECIALLY FUCK HER.

A quick FYI for non pacific islanders for Moana
  • Even though you only know Hawaiians doesn’t mean she’s just Hawaiian, and yes, there are more islanders than just Hawaiians.
  • Her name isn’t Mo-wah-nuh, its Mo-AH-NAH. Honestly don’t even get me started on this one.
  •  Polynesian isn’t a language. Polynesia is a large group of islands that have their own distinct language, rich culture, and customs. There’s Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Easter Islands, etc…
  •  Moana isn’t one race she’s everything mixed into one because there are too many cultures to just base her off of just one island.
  • Maui, as you might have guessed isn’t based off of just one legend either.
  • Maui’s “War Dance” is called the Haka and they do that dance to scare their enemies before battle.
  • Fun fact: Moana means Ocean
  • Please don’t group all of the Pacific Islanders and their cultures into one.
  • Another Fun fact: Pacific Islanders are some of the best navigators of the Ocean to have ever lived. There has even been evidence of them being the first to travel to America. sorry not sorry Columbus.
  • And last but not least, PLEASE LOVE MOANA AND GO AND WATCH IT IN ALL ITS GLORY 
Today at the zoo

Today while working my volunteer shift at tigers, I had a mom and her daughter(probably my age) come up and were looking up at the tigers. The mom pointedly asked if the tiger was unhappy, because he had been pretty focused on the back gate, where the keepers work. I explained to her that because the keepers were nearby that he, like some of our other animals, would become fixated on them and it doesn’t necessarily indicate a distressed or unhappy animal. The mom then says to the daughter “see, do you feel better?” And she must have seen the curiosity on my face because the mom says “she hasn’t been to a zoo in who knows how long, i had to drag her to come.” Indicating that she wasn’t a fan of zoos.

Now up until now the daughter hadn’t made eye contact at all and just looked unhappy to be there. Because her obvious perception was that the animals were bored and unhappy, I started explaining the different enrichment we use, the fact we use perfumes and spices like cinnamon to keep them stimulated. And she laughed in surprise for the first time and looked at me: “wait really?” And I went on to explain training and even our ultrasound trained polar bear, our conservation efforts, our nonprofit status, and finally that she was contributing to us helping save species just by coming. She was helping us save the very tiger that she was concerned for at the beginning, and I thanked her for helping us save tigers and so so many other animals from extinction. By the end of it, she was moved to tears and hugged me, thanking me for changing her view on zoos, and that she’d had no idea we were making such an impact.

This is exactly why I do this. This is why good zoos matter. And this is what keeps me working towards my zoo career.

Hey.

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Stop scrolling for a minute.

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Your existence matters. 

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You being here makes the world a better place. 

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You deserve good things.

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You’ll be okay.

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I love you very much.

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