THESISCRAZY 2017 (Part 1): Jeb! Bush, Alpacas, and Netflix, oh my!

“…my plan is to get as drunk as possible without literally collapsing…”

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Hello, hello and welcome to the first installment of THESISCRAZY 2017! We’ve got some great interviews in here, so sit back, relax, and have an existential crisis over whether or not writing a thesis is a actually good idea. Oh, and you can see THESISCRAZY interviews from previous years by clicking here.

If you’re a senior writing a thesis and you want to commiserate about your thesis poops and most traumatic thesis experiences, email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org and include your name, major, workspace info (carrel, lab, etc.), and times you can meet before April 19th.

Thesis-ing is after the jump.

sonya levine thesiscrazySonya Levine ‘17 HIST/DANC double major, thesis in both

Working title: “My working title has changed often, and it is currently ‘Ausdruckstanz to Tanztheater: The Search for a German Aesthetic in Dance’”

On her topic: “I’m writing and choreographing a joint history and dance thesis about the search for a German aesthetic in dance in the 20th century. It tracks the progression of Ausdruckstanz before the second world war, which is expressionist dance and sort of the elevation of personal expression over technical rigid lines of ballet, and then what happened when the Nazis came to power and how the choreographers from that movement decided to put their efforts toward choreographing for the Nazi benefit. And then after the war, I look at Tanztheater, which is dance theater, and Pina Bausch, who kind of revolutionized and reclaimed dance out of the ashes of the war. And then I have two choreographed pieces in conjunction: my fall piece was about Ausdruckstanz and my spring piece kind of tracked Pina Bausch and responded to her work and Tanztheater.”

On how she thought of her topic: “I studied abroad in Berlin the summer after my sophomore year and before I went to Berlin I went to a lecture through dance by a historian called Rebecca Rossen called ‘Dancing Jewish.’ Since I got to Wesleyan I had been excited about writing a thesis, and I knew that I wanted to do it in both of my majors. At first I thought about maybe writing about dance practices in the Holocaust, and then I decided that I would rather focus on German aesthetics in general and bring in other art movements. When I was in Germany, I went to the Olympiastadion, which is  where the 1936 olympics were, and was inspired to look at what happened there. I began developing the project in a junior year course for history called Issues in Contemporary Historiography that all juniors have to take.”

On her progress: “I am kind of silly, and my friends make fun of me because I don’t really know how to procrastinate. I got a grant called the White Fellowship through the history department last summer and started doing research at a dance festival that I worked at called Jacob’s Pillow, and I started writing in September. I had this kind of self-imposed practice of writing two pages a day for as long as I could, so I’ve had a full draft for a few weeks now and have kind of been going crazy trying not to over-edit it, but I also don’t want to lose motivation at this point.”

On her current mental state: “My current mental state is a little bit all over the place! I feel like I don’t want to ever look at the document ever again, but I also feel like I want to keep looking at it to make it as good as it can be. I’m also partially enrolled, so I don’t have any other classes, which has been both a blessing and a curse, because it makes me think about it too much but also have time to think about it too much.”

On her most traumatic thesis experience: “I first planned for my third chapter to be about dance in the US, and I was trying to start research for it first semester and was having trouble. I spoke to Patricia Beaman, who is a ballet professor in the dance department, and she was like, ‘Do not do this, it doesn’t make sense, stay in Germany!’ I kind of knew that but needed her to tell me it to internalize it and make the switch. Luckily, I haven’t had that many traumatic experiences. I did have a last-minute costume issue with my choreography last semester where someone’s costume broke the day of the show, but then we fixed it and it was all fine!”

On where she works on her thesis: “I’m 69th on the waitlist for carrels, which has been kind of my joke to myself for the whole year. My housemate has been very kind and has let me keep books in her carrel. I work in the box office, so I’ve written a lot of my thesis being a voyeur staring out at other people behind the glass. I’ve written a lot of it in Pi, the first floor of Olin, and the Art Library.”

On her favorite part of the thesis process: “My favorite part has been actually teaching the history department that dance matters and proving to them that it’s worth studying and that dance history is a reflection of social history; it’s another lens of studying history. I’ve also gotten to work with a huge variety of people. I’ve had three advisors on this thesis, and I’ve worked with eight dancers in total, so a lot of different people have helped me bring it to fruition. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people which is also really awesome.”

Favorite form of procrastination: “I discovered Grey’s Anatomy over spring break, which I had never watched, and I’ve been binge watching it very much. I read other people’s theses that are on WesScholar as a form of procrastination all the time, and I send a lot of emails to not work on my thesis… and invite people to Facebook events!”

Advice for future thesis writers: “I think establishing some sort of writing practice every day or every week from the get-go is a really good idea so that you’re working on it but it never becomes overwhelming. Everyone always says this but don’t write a thesis just to write one; really care about what you’re writing about. And don’t get involved in thesis stress culture where people like to commiserate and make it worse than it is because I think it can be really rewarding if you avoid that stress.”

If her thesis was a song/movie/tv show: “It would probably be Cabaret because of the German nature of what it is. Though it’s not set in the cabaret, Pina Bausch’s choreography is sort of like cabaret, and I love Cabaret and love musicals, so we can just pretend that that’s it.”

Most used word/phrase: “Regime, art, artform, German”

Plans for April 19: “I’ve been slowly accumulating bottles of champagne from friends. I’m up to three right now, so I definitely will be drinking some champagne. Not looking at my computer and being outside are some of my main goals.”

Jake Lahut ‘17, COL/FRENjake lahut thesiscrazy Double Major, Thesis in COL, carrel #11

Working title: “My working title is ‘The Forbidden Genre: The Evolution of the Psychiatric Memoir.’ There’s a debate between me and my adviser on whether I should add another clause. I’m kind of against it. It’s not just about memoirs, so that’s why the major wants there to be another clause, essentially involving ‘narrativity,’ which sounds a little pretentious, but it might go in there.”

On his topic: “It’s broadly about how people talk about mental illness and how that’s changed over the 20th century and rapidly changed in the 21st century. So I look at a lot of memoirs, you know, like ‘canonical’ memoirs that have been in the public dialogue. I look at the diagnostic manual, the DSM, the American Psychological Association…I always forget the exact nomenclature. The third component is pop culture–whether that is movies like ‘A Beautiful Mind’–and then two big TV series are The Sopranos and Bojack Horseman. I was very happy that I convinced my adviser [Charles Barber] to let me put Bojack in there.”

On how he thought of his topic: “Very generally, I think the dialogue around mental illness is in a very precarious spot in the US right now because, on the one hand, a lot of symptomatic language, a lot of terms are ubiquitous. Think of the last time you heard someone say ‘Oh I’m so OCD about this’ or ‘My friend is so ADD about that…Oh my god my ex girlfriend is so bipolar.’ Stuff like that just gets tossed around. And this isn’t really about ‘What are the right things to say?’ but more about how we got here and what the implications of that are. The deeper one that I am interested in as a COL major is kinda how people conceive of these experiences, how do you apply a narrative to something that is so difficult to pin down but also so crucial to how you experience the human condition. I just think that it touches enough people and that everyone seems to know a memoir they think of as an interesting example. There’s like Girl, Interrupted or something I’ve never of before; there’s always a conversation starter with it.”

On his progress: “So, you know, I spent a lot of time over the summer reading these things, and the project kind of—it didn’t evolve as much as I thought it was going to. But, where I’m at right now, is I have been up for the last 30 hours and I wrote about like 22-23 pages for today, so my total page number is around 50 pages of totally edited, polished stuff that I don’t have to really touch again. And now it’s just about expanding some sections, and I need to add a section on three really great memoirs that are really well-researched. The last section is my favorite, about the new media narratives, so the Sopranos, Beautiful Mind, and Bojack.”

On his current mental state: “Hahah, I love that question. I’m honestly very happy doing this right now. And it sounds terrible because I know we’re supposed to say masochistic things and like that it’s a lot of suffering. I definitely had like stirred moments of panic over spring break about whether or not I was doing enough about it. But I’m pretty psyched right now. I am ready for it to be over though.”

On his most traumatic thesis experience: “Yeah, I had a word doc that I was jamming away at, and it was like 3AM and I go to copy and paste about 3000 words, maybe 3500 words, into the master doc and it just craps out. It’s gone. It’s kinda like that Southpark meme ‘Annnnnd it’s gone.’ I like threw stuff; I was really pissed off.”

On his favorite part of his thesis: “I think, even though it hasn’t been written yet, I do think the Sopranos and Bojack section is gonna be really fun to write. I have some preliminary drafts and notes and things I want to touch on, so that’s probably gonna be the most fun to write. Written stuff, probably the Susanna Kaysen and Elizabeth Wurtzel chapter on Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted, which I wrote last night, which was pretty fun.”

Favorite form of procrastination: “I read a lot of news. *Laughs* So that’s an obvious one. Tweeting about the news. And, uh, weirdly—this is very strange—I’ve been watching a lot of hockey fight videos when I get very tired or in a rut and I normally don’t like the super violent side of hockey, but I grew up playing and it kinda gets the juices flowing to keep writing more.”

Advice for future thesis writers: “There’s a lot of good advice that’s been given before. The basic one is that you should really love your topic and be open to it changing. The other thing I would say is like—I kind of hate when people complain about their theses cause it’s like an immense privilege that not everyone gets to do. And it’s really really fun to come up with your own work schedule and take the project wherever you and a really gifted adviser are willing to take it. So I would say to stop complaining and just embrace it while you have the chance to do it.”

Most used word/phrase: “Ohh, that’s funny. That’s probably changed. Um. Really ‘privilege’ is like—it’s really hard not to use that a bunch…for obvious reasons. The people who get in the publishing circle and who get on talk shows circuits are usually celebrities, big time authors, many of which are privileged white folks. ‘Narrativity’ is big. And then ‘disjointed’ is one of my adviser’s favorites, when you talk about memoirs of schizophrenia and PTSD. The biggest one is definitely just this notion of narration. So yeah, I try to find synonyms for those and fail consistently.”

Plans for April 19th: “Aw man, well so we’re debating doing Argus production. It’s a Wednesday, so a number of people on the staff want to move production [to Wednesday] because it’s 4/20 on Thursday. I really don’t want to edit the entire newspaper after finishing my thesis. So hopefully for now, just drinking champagne at Olin and not editing the entire newspaper are my plans.”

Questions he wish we’d asked: “I always love this format. The one that I guess would be interesting would be how do you explain your thesis to anybody who doesn’t have any familiarity with the subject or even theses generally, which I think is a really good measure of where you are in the project.”

russell goldman thesiscrazyRussell Goldman ‘17, FILM/THEA double major, thesis in film

Working title: “My film thesis is a short film called ‘Alpaca Land.’ It is a musical and it is largely inspired by these Soviet propaganda musicals from the 1930s that I studied a lot before writing the screenplay and before shooting and editing.”

On his topic: “The film is about these two sisters, one older, one younger. The younger one really wants to be in a musical world, and she gets a Disney-esque song at the very beginning. She lives with her older sister, who keeps her shut in and doesn’t want her to sing; she wants her to shut up. Both of them are swept off their feet by this—I’ll say magical—figure called ‘The Wrangler,’ who is the leader of this singing and dancing farm. She takes these two sisters to this farm where all these farmers are singing about how much they want to earn a star from the beloved and all of these super positive and happy things to the point of becoming insanely creepy. I started looking at tractor musicals when I took History of World Cinema ‘cause Scott Higgins showed us a couple of them one day. They were not like any musical I’d seen because most musicals are trying to bring you into a world, bring you to a place where you want to sing and tractor musicals, because they’re Russian propaganda pieces that were made in response to Hollywood musicals, were trying to do that to the point where you can see the seams so easily. The whole film is like super fast and kind of disturbing and really strange. So I wanted to create a musical borrowing from those tropes that could have that same feeling.”

On how he thought of his topic: “Well, half of it came from seeing a tractor musical, but it didn’t start from that. I wasn’t like ‘Oh I need to do that as my senior thesis.’ The idea of a weird musical kind of stuck around for a while. And late sophomore year, a friend of mine said ‘I’m trying to visit this alpaca farm that’s nearby.’ And I’m like ‘There are alpaca farms nearby? Like in Connecticut? Like in Central Connecticut?’ And he was like ‘Yeah, there’s actually a few of them.’ So I started doing research. There were a ton of them. And I had never seen alpacas, actually. I visited a bunch last summer when I was building out this idea. They’re such cute, positive, happy animals, and so I was like ‘Oh, what if there’s a farm here and it’s like a beautiful musical world and it’s actually scary and they turn people into alpacas when they get here.’  There’s a lot of surprises in the movie.”

On his progress: “Progress! So, last summer I was writing and rewriting. I wrote the music with Eric Poretsky ‘18, who is a genius musically, a genius in every regard, but also Russian. So he knew the tone of the music that I should be going for. We shot last October and it was a very very intense pre-production process because there was a lot in terms of scheduling: all the actors and scheduling the insane amount of shots we wanted to get over a long weekend. Sofie Somoroff ‘18 executive produced the film and helped with crowd funding and helped with organizing it all. And we shot it. It was 5 fifteen-, sixteen-hour days all on this alpaca farm in Bozrah, CT that existed for us as a kind of soundstage. We made a bunch of sets within that barn. I started editing in November. I basically did that for all of winter break and a huge chunk of spring break, making sure that the rhythm of the film made sense and that there wasn’t any dead air. Because, in a movie that moves as fast as this, it’s very easy to spot even a second or a half-second if something goes on too long.”

On his current mental state: “It’s excitement. I know that everyone who has a paper right now is like ‘Oh, I just need this done. I need this almost out of my life.’ For me, the joy of making a film is that you get a presentation at the end of the year. I’m really excited to see what the room is like with people watching this movie. Will people laugh? Will people scream? Will people…show anything? Will they just be completely thrown back? That’s what I’m looking forward to the most. Obviously it’s been a ton of hours every week. It’s just become second nature like ‘Oh, today, I have to spend at least an hour or two on my thesis.’ And I’ve been able to do other stuff like Don’t Leave in the meantime, so it hasn’t been all-consuming.”

On his most traumatic thesis experience: “Ooo..that’s a…most traumatic thesis experience? On set we shot a scene that, without spoiling too much, involves a moving car. It involves farmers getting on that car as it moves and someone backing up out of a driveway. And me, Matt Kleppner ‘18 (my DP), and the sound recorders were in the backseat and there were 40 people around us trying to make that scene happen. We only had 40 minutes because there was only a certain amount of time before sunset to get the light that Matt wanted, and it was insane. I was so scared, because we only had 40 minutes and, if anything went wrong, there was no way we could get any of it again. That was just it. And, thankfully, I surrounded myself with people who were so much smarter than I am and made that happen.”

On his favorite part of his thesis: “There’s a shot where a human who is dressed in full alpaca attire and looks like a hybrid between a human and an alpaca screams. And it is my favorite thing that I have ever composed or been involved with ever. *laughs*”

Favorite form of procrastination: “The nice thing about being a film major is that your major form of procrastination is just like seeing movies. Over winter and spring break, I got almost Stockholm Syndrome about what this movie should feel like and how it should be, and the best way to get out of that was to see anything else. Very, very different experiences. I probably went to the movies like 20 times over winter break, just so I had another perspective.”

Advice for future thesis filmmakers: “Start really early. I started writing this movie around junior spring. Mid junior spring was when I got underway with it, and it could not have happened if I didn’t start then. Because usually they ask you for a screenplay by the beginning of the fall, and often, for many students, that’s like a month away from when you start shooting, so if you’re turning in your first draft a month before you start shooting, it’s really easy for the chaos to kind of overwhelm you.”

If his film was a written thesis: “If it was a book, or if I was doing a written thesis, it would be ‘On the Soviet Tractor Musical and What We Can Learn from Them Today’ and the movie is trying to create that experience manifested in a very specific story that has the same feeling.”

Plans for April 19th: “The hilarious thing…and we just learned this a couple days ago…I think they know. I think they know that everyone just drinks their fucking heads off at 4PM. So they set a meeting for all film majors who are doing theses about honors at 5PM that day.”

Questions he wish we’d asked: “Maybe, ‘Is there any point where you thought this was entirely worthless?’ *Laughs* And the answer would be ‘Yes, several times.’ Several times I was like ‘mmmm…what if no one likes this (including myself)? What if this was a year of my life for 11 minutes that were like, nothing.’ I don’t usually feel that way. I know it will end up being more productive than that but, it’s something that I think is common among people who make film theses. It’s so easy for one small thing to go wrong, for one thing to be out of your control. Especially if you’re doing a 16 millimeter thesis. Everything has to go right on set otherwise you could just be kinda screwed. So I was thankful for digital, but I think that’s a common thing that every filmmaker here experiences.”

liz farrel thesiscrazyLiz Farrell ‘17, SOC major, certificate in International Relations, thesis in SOC, 2nd Floor Olin Balcony

Working title: “There’s not really anything official yet, but I’ve been thinking about something along the lines of ‘How the Border Crossed Us’ colon…God knows what, something about Mexican experience in San Antonio, Texas.”

On her topic: “It’s really evolved since last semester, but it’s come to a point where I’m looking into Texas history. Specifically, San Antonio, Texas which is where I’m from and looking at Anglo colonization of Mexico and how that developed into a system of racial domination of Mexican people in texas. And the different policies and practices that have gone into that process. And also looking at different practices of assimilation and forced assimilation and racial dynamics in general.”

On how she thought of her topic: “So like I said, it really evolved. Initially, I wanted to look into the experience of women in the South and especially in Texas because Texas is such an interesting site in that it is the overlap between the South and the Southwest. And then, I transitioned into looking into my own family and our Mexican heritage and looking at the way marriage was used to manage social capital. And now, it’s kind of transitioned even further into looking at other ways that social capital is managed. So, starting with marriage and then looking at educational policy, housing policy, policing systems, things like that that have affected the relationship between Mexican people and Texas.”

On her progress: “Feeling pretty good right now. Every day I wake up, like waiting for my panic attack to happen, and it hasn’t happened yet. I’m currently writing my last chapter which is looking at all of the things in history that I have discussed so far and seeing what those implications are now and reflecting upon my own experience in San Antonio. So I don’t have to be like having a book right next to me anymore, which is really nice. I can just talk about my own experience and my own knowledge. And then after that I just have to write my finishing conclusion. So feeling pretty good.”

On her current mental state: “Just anticipation. Like waiting for my panic attack to come, but just procrastinating a looooot right now.”

On her most traumatic thesis experience: “I don’t think I have one. I haven’t lost any progress or anything like that. I think the most trauma I’ve had is just anticipating what’s to come and stress dreams about what could happen. But, luckily I haven’t lost a bunch of info or anything like that.”

On her favorite part of her thesis: “Either the chapter I’m writing right now which is very self-reflective, or my chapter that I’ve written about the Bush family, which is really fun. It’s all about Jeb Bush’s marriage to this woman he met in Mexico when they were 16 and got married and how that relationship has benefited his political career. And connecting that to the way that marriage is used to manage social capital both between minority groups and dominant Anglo culture.”

Favorite form of procrastination: “It flip flops between watching really awful MTV reality tv shows like Are You the One? which is hilarious and everyone should look into it. And applying to jobs. Because it feels like I can rationalize it better than just doing nothing.”

Advice for future thesis writers: “I would say do a soc thesis if you can, and take your time with it. I think there’s a lot of stress around comparing timelines and comparing progress, and I’ve been lucky enough to work within a program where we make our own timeline and we start developing our process really slowly and then kind of building into it. And I think it’s definitely made a difference in the type of mental health experience I’ve had with my thesis.”

If her thesis was a song/movie/tv show: “Oh God. I feel like it would be a mix between Keeping Up with the Kardashians and some sort of Bush family reality tv show where it was like Keeping Up with the Gringos, basically *laughs*. Where different communities are trying to relate to each other. It would be a lot about Mexican communities trying to assimilate but then being kept at bay.”

Most used word/phrase: “Probably something in what I just said [about the tv show]. The word ‘Anglo’. And I’m trying to mix up how I talk about hispanic communities so I’m not just saying ‘Mexican communities’ over and over and over again.”

Plans for April 19th: “I actually just got the day off from my job so that I can completely devolve into bacchanalia, but other than that just be drinking my champagne bottles. And I say ‘bottles’ because I’m gonna get two. One that I can destroy and spray all over people and another that I can actually enjoy and celebrate with.”

Questions she wish we’d asked: “I think y’all should ask a question about stress dreams just cause I was just talking to my friends about this. And thesis writers tend to have really funny ones. So I think that’s worth looking into.”


julia devarti thesiscrazyJulia DeVarti ‘17
AMST major, thesis in AMST, Olin Microforms

Her working title: “When I emailed Kauanui a few weeks ago and she asked me, [I told her]: ‘A Future Perfect? Colorblindness in Science Fiction Television.’ Pretty to the point.”

On her topic: Basically I’m looking at three science fiction television shows: Firefly, The 100, and Battlestar Gallactica. I’m looking at the colorblind rhetoric that the creators use and reading that into how they actually portray race, which usually is not so great all the time. The basic premise is that sci-fi offers this opportunity to imagine a new world, so my thesis is looking at what we do when we get to create a new world, and what we replicate from our own society, specifically race and racialized sexuality.”

On how she came up with her topic: “So it’s kind of funny… I’ve found like every excuse throughout college to write papers for my classes about television shows, whether they’re ones I’ve already watched or shows I haven’t watched before. Last year in my AMST junior colloquium, I wrote a paper about The 100, and then I argued that like, ‘Oh it is actually forward-thinking on race; it doesn’t get everything right but it does get some things right.’ That class I actually took with my thesis advisor, Elizabeth Garcia. And then after that I started thinking about it and I was like ‘How can I extend this into a whole thesis? Like, there’s so much here.’ I started looking at other TV shows and seeing that what was happening in The 100 and the ways those producers were talking about it was happening in a lot of other places. So I started expanding that. It’s really funny because I realized how silly that paper was where I was arguing that they do things right when actually I think they do things pretty wrong now.”

On her progress: “I spent a good portion of last semester feeling like I was terribly behind because everyone was like accumulating notes and books, and I was spending hours watching television. *laughs* So it’s a nice feeling now to actually have pages. I have a draft, and I’ve been editing it and figuring out how to make the chapters flow together. I’m mostly just chugging along and figuring out all the places where I was wrote, you know, ‘PUT A REAL CITATION HERE’ or ‘Can’t just cite your class notes, find some actual research!’ So that’s a lot of the stuff I’m filling in now.”

On her current mental state: “In this exact moment? I’m feeling good, just had a bag of potato chips, and I’m reading some hip social justice science fiction short stories as research for my conclusion. So in this moment, I’m riding that wave and feeling good! Generally, though, I’m just like running around, stressed, and trying my best to not get caught up in the thesis stress culture that exists on campus, and just reminding myself that I’m going at my own pace, and I don’t have to compare myself, and we’re all doing different projects. So it’s this tension between super-stressed and trying to tell myself that stress is really constructed.”

On her most traumatic thesis experience: “Oh god… not getting a carrel, I guess? Which in retrospect is pretty not a big deal. My latest freak out is that on April 1st, Firefly was taken off Netflix, so like, I’ve watched it all, but now I’m super stressed that I’m going to need to rewatch an episode. Nothing too dramatic though.”

On her favorite part of her thesis: “I think it’s just really cool to work on something for so long and see it come together. I’m not quite distanced enough from it yet that I can say it’s really come together, but it just feels good to have created something. And I’m really enjoying writing my conclusion, where I get to talk about people who are doing it right and ideas for how to change and be better. That’s fun and inspiring.”

Favorite form of procrastination: “I like watching other TV shows and trying to rationalize that they’re somehow related when they’re just not relevant at all. So that’s a big one. And I’m all about the snack breaks, I’m always taking snack breaks!”

Advice for future thesis writers: “I would say my advisor has been a total game changer for me. So have an advisor who you work well with, who you like, and who has time for your project. I feel so blessed to be working with Professor Garcia because she is fun, she decided to start watching all the TV shows I’m writing about, she gives me really thorough edits, and I just really enjoy working with her. Oh! My other piece of advice is that the Moodle archives are your friend. I don’t know if people know this, but Moodle doesn’t take down any of the readings that you’ve had any time in your classes at Wesleyan. I’ve gone back and found all these super useful texts and sources that I didn’t know were still up there until someone told me. Moodle’s my best friend!”

If her thesis was a song/movie/TV show: “It already is TV shows!”

Most used word/phrase: “It’s either frontier or cylon. But I have this joke going that Microsoft word doesn’t know any American studies words or sci-fi words, so EVERYTHING has a little red squiggly line under it in my thesis, which is so confusing.”

On her plans for April 19: “I’m gonna be on the steps of the library, obviously, covered in champagne. And then I have a list of books I wanna read and TV shows that have been recommended to me that I’ve just had to put off until I have time. So I’m gonna, y’know, catch up on pop culture and consume all the good things.”

Anything she wishes we asked her: I wish I got to show off my carrel. I’m pretty proud of how I turned my open carrel in the microforms into a little home!”

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Interviews by michelle and wilk.