Tumblr and university unexpectedly coincide in being valuable learning environments for me. Without tumblr I’m not sure that I would be as aware of the world. Not only have I recognised the many harmful ideologies that underlie and manifest in society, and subsequently those that I’ve internalised over the years, being on this website encourages me to be better. One such way it does this is by viewing better not as ‘politically correct’ but rather as respectful.
Then there’s university. I think one of the major outcomes of any degree is critical thinking. If tumblr’s taught me to be more aware of the world and what goes on, then uni has helped me to be more thoughtful about any information thrown my way. Because critical thinking is important (a statement to which my first-year-uni self would emphatically raise her eyebrows). I can’t arrive at a solid conclusion unless I’ve seen all of the facts. This will sound really lame but on those days where I feel like I’ll have nothing to show from going to uni, I remember that I’m a smarter thinker than I used to be and that thought comforts me.