- Maddie is a 3rd year student who I recently met and instantly clicked with. She is an art education major and works part time as a barista. Maddie also believes that moving out to San Marcos has helped bring her to so many other people and new experiences. Maddie takes advantage of being able to express herself as well and especially with more visual outlets. She mentions how style, clothes, accessories and hair are just some outlets to express and relate with other people in the community.
- Music also plays a part into her life with the alt pop and mainstream pop girls she admires. She indulges in music along with her other art outlets to accept and express herself. While Maddie is very confident in her queerness, she believes being in college and expressing herself is even better. She has met many other queer people through school but also just from being in the Central Texas area. This is obviously a high for her and she enjoys every moment she gets to explore and meet other people in this college town. The downside of being such an expressive and open person is that with various pressure there can be the balancing of mental health with school life. Besides those bumps in the road, she knew who she was very early and has just been able to learn, explore and express herself more since moving out to San Marcos.
- When I asked her about intersectionality, she said she thinks of “a broad, deep spectrum where we all fall/fit upon.” She sees it and feels it to be a home in which where we all belong despite how far away we may feel from it. I also asked and spoke to her about how others may feel about expression when it comes to college and moving away from home. Maddie thins people grow and feel more comfortable with expressing themselves after high school, especially in their identities! She mentions having a sense of relief when there is not the fear of being closely judged by peers in high school. She goes on to say, “Knowing you can be accepted for who you are is a crazy feeling!” Maddie also acknowledges how Texas State welcomes diversity and again how she has found so many of ‘her’ people by finally expression who she is proudly. Finally, if she could talk to her younger self she would say, “It is going to be fine! Your anxiety is a real thing you are feeling, and it is okay. You won’t feel so bad forever and you should definitely spend more time on worrying/focusing on yourself."