i originally started this post to dismiss and belittle the institution of academia and explore my feels about being a student in a system that has never made space for someone like me and, from its inception, was never designed to be able to hold someone like me. never designed to hold my truth, my values, my life experiences, although counseling psychology is supposed to operate from a ‘social justice’ standpoint.
if we adhered to our values as a field like we should, we would be a lot more radical.
but thats not the current reality. so, in summation, i think i’ll just say:
academia doesn’t deserve my brilliance or the brilliance of scholars who pour themselves into their work and are belittled, lambasted, and oppressed every step of the way with little to no support from those who are supposed to be leading us through.