First blog post

Yes, I left the title as it is. My first blog post. Here it is. In all of its awkward and mediocre glory. This is my first post and it is leaving me feeling quite vulnerable. This will be out there for the world to see. It will not be shut tight by the leather cover of my journal next to my empty coffee cup. Anyone can read this. Anyone can see me, the real me, or at least the parts of me that I am willing to expose to you, the reader. How do I start this? I guess I should explain to you who I am, at least on the surface level.

My name is Rachel. I currently reside in the college town of Morgantown, West Virginia, attending the infamous West Virginia University. I shouldn’t say that. WVU is a great university and I will have a well-rounded degree that has meaning and worth. I say that my school is infamous because it is known for its “party school” reputation. Yes, people party there often. No, I do not partake in the accepted norm most of my classmates have made into a lifestyle. I will talk more about that in another post, I’m sure.

I am going to be a five-year senior at WVU studying Social Work. If there is one thing I can say I’m passionate about, it is the field of Social Work. I love this profession (so far) and everything it stands for. I believe wholeheartedly in social justice, Social Work’s claim to being different from the other social sciences. I will be writing about social justice and am particularly interested in women’s issues. You will probably only care about this if one, if you are still reading this far, and two, if you plan on following me or casually clicking on my posts if you have time to skim through them. Hopefully you do and if not I’ll still be here.

Another important thing to note about me is that I’m an introvert. If you are also one I recommend the book “Introvert Power”, by Laurie Helgoe. It changed the way I view the great debate of introvert or extrovert. She highlights the strengths of being an introvert (yes there actually are some), and the weaknesses as well. It has changed the way I view myself and my urges to be alone in my own head. You’ll find out soon enough I’m always in my own head, always thinking. I mention all of this to you because sometimes I come out of nowhere with these thoughts, and if that is ever confusing or you’re trying to figure out how I got from point A to point C, please leave me a comment. Sometimes I don’t realize I’m doing this, and I’ve been consciously working on it for the last year, so let me know, hopefully politely, if I am lacking at that.

I meant to keep this brief but have failed miserably so here are some things I am interested in. I’m listing them to you so that you know what I’ll be blogging about and you can decide if you feel I’m worth following, and because it can be fun to find out someone thinks the same things are cool.

  • Current Events
  • Social Justice
  • Women’s Issues
  • Travel
  • Hiking/Backpacking
  • Christian Issues
  • College
  • Cats
  • Books
  • TV/Movies
  • Food

Other than this broad list you can expect me to write about whatever I want. I will also be writing about my life so hopefully someone out there finds it a bit interesting.

This post is my first, but not my last.

We’re in it for the long-haul, friends.