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There’s a Crack in the Pavement

UX Collective
Live Reading at Unmuted Stories 
June 8, 2021
That discouraging time I met acclaimed designer, Massimo Vignelli. While he was a legend, I was a design student, amassing $100,000 in student loan debt. When the guidance counselor couldn’t help me apply for financial aid, big tech stepped in.

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Sugar Water

Medium, Tin House Workshop
Acceptance Piece
April 2, 2021

Growing up in Ohio, my father worked at a soda pop bottling plant, fourteen hours a day, six days a week. He refused to let the exhaustion stop him. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” he said with a fierce head nod, reciting words from the Ford commercial that relentlessly played on the radio. 

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October 23, 2020

A first-hand account volunteering as a US Citizenship Tutor, helping immigrants in my neighborhood navigate the risky path to US citizenship during the Trump administration. When it was too daunting to memorize one-hundred questions, we focused on ten at a time. When it was too difficult to learn English, we wrote words in their native language first. And when the requirements frequently and abruptly changed–like when the writing test shifted from a piece of paper to a digital tablet–we sketched our names on the screens to get familiar with the uncertainty of technology.

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His Name is Sean

January 19, 2020
Sean’s greatest fear was a software update that would replace his job.

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Advocating for People in
a Profit-Driven World

dscout People Nerds
September 17, 2021
Advocating for people in a profit-driven world will lead to burnout if you aren't careful (especially in an unregulated industry like tech.) It's important to know the waters you're getting into and to take care of yourself.

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