I’ve graduated four times now: high school, Associates, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and I’ve begun to see a pattern to the emotional side of the process.

I’m a *fairly* normal person, so, before each graduation, I looked forward to my imminent release from homework, full-time daily schedules, and the wild balance of multiple commitments. Surrounding my graduation ceremony like a warm hug, the days were filled to the brim with the wild joy both the accomplishment and the release can bring. But then, when the parties stopped and the buzz of accomplishment wore off (and the letters containing cash thinned…


I sway helplessly in my swing pretending to have fun.
I sway helplessly in my swing pretending to have fun.

Very recently, I took my first aerial yoga class. The trick to learning anything new is to not have to learn too much all at once. I learned a lot from this unique experience. A lot. If I had only known what to expect, I know I could have done a better job making the experience worse. But I did a pretty bang up job to start, and think it’s could be a good place to build up from. …


Me runnning free and unihinbited, discarding clothing
Me runnning free and unihinbited, discarding clothing
You may feel naked at first, but you’ll get used to it.

I lived like a goddess for the first 6 years of my K-12 education. This was because I did not attend traditional elementary school: I was homeschooled and my parents did not grade me. When I started going to public school in 7th grade (you can imagine the chaos), I was surprised to find myself one of the top of my class. I came to public school with an entrenched love of learning that research and professionals in conversations around me are saying comes from a deeply instilled intrinsic motivation, not an extrinsic one. Good grades, while nice to get…

Karah L Parks

Adjunct Professor, language nerd, comics creator, and expert shoulder-demon whisperer.

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