My name is Adrian. And, as you can probably tell,
I have a cat. Here’s my cat, Luke–
But, obviously, cats are not the only thing I love
or else I wouldn’t be going to Shimer and, soon, going into the Shimer-in-Oxford
Program. Unfortunately, Luke is one of the many things
I am going to have to leave behind, including a variety of material possessions,
because they won’t fit on the plane, and most of my Shimer books, which accumulate
… a lot … after three years at Shimer. Most of the time, I’m going to be blogging
from Oxford to give you a picture of student life there–
but before we do that, because I’m still in the US
and won’t leave for another 3 days or so, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself
first, To introduce myself and get things going.
So I’ll start with my name. My name is Adrian, but that wasn’t my birth
name, so to speak, it was a name I chose about halfway through
my time at Shimer. I decided on Adrian because while I was studying
at Shimer, I took a course on feminist theories, and
a lot of things happened, and after that I decided that I didn’t want
gender to be a particular… particularly important part of my life.
So I chose a gender-neutral name– There are a lot of male Adrians, there are
a lot of female Adrians– And, sure enough, it just sort of started
to change the way I think about myself, change the way I talk about myself,
and changed the way that people reacted to me which, in turn,
changed me a little bit, too. And, that’s really what Shimer does to you.
It’s not just a name change–it’s a life change, really.
And I expect be going through a lot more of that in Oxford
and I hope to bring some of you along for the journey.
I’ll see you across the pond.