I’m Paige. I’m a Minneapolis-based 20-something who tends to think that I know a lot about life, but in reality, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m a lover, I love people so very deeply. I love to feel, to create, to learn, and to dream. Live music is my religion. I am passionate about my friends and family, feminism, social justice, music, fashion, and animals, especially the baby ones. I enjoy my cats, writing, obsessing over television shows, beer, Quentin Tarantino and long-haired men (man buns, YAS!). Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. My concentration is in Clinical Mental Health, with a secondary concentration in Families and Children. I am extremely passionate about the field of social work and am so in love with what I’m learning, who I’m meeting, and what I’ve gotten to experience thus far in grad school. I have grown in ways I could not have possibly imagined or predicted a few years ago.
When I originally wrote this ‘about me’ page in 2013, I said: “I hope to one day travel the world, make a difference, help break down the stigmas about mental illness, fall into the kind of love that only seems to exist in the movies, write a memoir, and make my mom famous for her humor and diva attitude, which were clearly passed on to me.”
All of this still applies, except that I have fallen in love with a beautiful, kind, amazing man who makes me giggle every single day and accepts me for the cat-obsessed, feelings-based woman that I am, who laughs at her own jokes constantly and sleeps with socks on.
Right now, I am trying to get enough sleep, maintain my sanity, and learn as much as I can from my peers, my colleagues, my professors, and the beautiful people I meet each and everyday through the field of social work and my involvement in it. I am on a constant mission to be so consumed in all the beauty life has to offer, whilst also never failing to actively make a difference in the lives of many who face oppression and stigma because of their sex, skin color, sexual orientation, disability status, mental illness, or other traits.
Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
More of my daily ramblings/proof of undiagnosed attention-deficit disorder can be found on my Twitter.