Outside of my writing, I do college consulting/personal essay editing, speak at schools about applying to college, and collaborate on language-related research for various Yale projects.
What is dear y’all?
I started this blog as an open letter to my community in Arkansas. Though I dreamed of going to an Ivy League school for my entire life, I realized through the college application process that I had no idea what life would be like after I got in. Most people around me had no answers for me either since most people went to local colleges or straight into the workforce. As I started at Yale, the questions only multiplied. In addition to navigating the world of emailing professors, signing up for classes, and living away from home, I found out I have aphantasia, the inability to visualize (or more accurately, I found out that other people were visualizing).
My experience starting college wasn’t straightforward, but I want yours to be. College doesn’t have to be scary or confusing. It’s really the uncertainty and lack of information that makes it that way. At dear y’all, I hope to offer a glimpse into college life and relieve some of the anxiety.
If you have questions, would like to collaborate on a project, or recently found out you have aphantasia, I’d love to hear from you! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch here.