A Bit About My Background

I always try to explain my education and background to people. My path may be unusual, but it’s valuable.

After transferring to Stetson University as an undergraduate, I took my first philosophy course. I was hooked. I proceeded to take it as a major–along with psychology.

In philosophy, I focused on ethics and political philosophy. I did very well in my philosophy courses. I took courses on social and political freedom, existentialism, feminist philosophy, and more. For my undergraduate thesis, I studied colonialism in the United States. I traveled from Mississippi to Oklahoma, re-tracing the Trail of Tears.

After undergrad, I knew grad school on next on my list. I was accepted to the University of North Florida to study Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics. I took graduate courses in moral psychology, virtue ethics, contemporary political philosophy, among others. I got straight A’s in my courses and was invited to join the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Beyond my academic work, I have experience in ethical leadership. I have met Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and the late Florida governor Lawton Chiles. I have been a community organizer, advocate and activist. This work was sometimes paid, and sometimes not. However, I have learned quite a bit and developed crucial skills from these experiences. For example, I co-organized a large rally for DACA recipients in Orlando. It’s difficult to organize a large, peaceful rally, but I did it!

Overall, I think my skills are beneficial to the community and to any organization.

On God

Last month, I completely lost my belief in God.

A lot has happened since then.

I gave up my belief in God due to a series of unfortunate events. I couldn’t see believing in a loving God with all the misfortune in the world.

I worked through it.

I can’t say that I have solved the problem of evil, but I’ve come to terms with there being a God.

I have been through a lot in life. It took quite a bit for me to have my faith in God shaken.

I don’t think I fit any typical category when it comes to God. I’m not a typical believer. However, I have renewed my faith.

I will probably post less about philosophy than I have in the past. Philosophy was there for me when I needed it. It helped me a lot. However, I believe I am not as good as some other people when it comes to doing philosophy. I will let those others do their thing and I will do mine–which is creative writing.