Liz Whatsherface

Musings of a feminist English graduate from Louisiana

Posts from the “Personal Essays” Category

Why I Decided To Marry Outside the Church

Posted on April 27, 2016

The process of planning a wedding has made me realize the truth of the statement “the personal is political.” My decision to marry outside of the Catholic Church (or any other church) was not meant as a slight to my religious friends and family, though it will undoubtedly cause unintended distress to many. It was motivated by many factors, and while explaining my reasoning could very well cause further anger or sadness to those who are upset, it will hopefully shed some light on my choice and allow me to dispel speculation. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it (Ecclesiastes 5:5). For me to read the Catholic marriage vows would be disingenuous on many levels.…

Why I Have Mixed Feelings About My College 4.0

Posted on May 20, 2013

Just a few days ago, I graduated from LSU with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, a minor in Latin, a thesis under my belt, and a 4.0 cumulative GPA. While I am super stoked about finally being finished with my college career and being awarded a shiny medal for my academic achievements, I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of my accomplishments and the cost of my success. I Have a Life, I Swear First of all, when people find out about my GPA, they often assume certain things about me — namely, that I have no social life and am a super boring and uptight person who “missed out” on the best parts of college. That is just not…

Life is Not a Problems-Having Contest

Posted on January 24, 2013

Quick! I just told you a story about something bad that once happened to me or a problem I’m having in my life. What do you do? A. Tell me about a similar bad thing that once happened to you B. Tell me how sorry you feel for me C. Tell me things could have been worse D. Tell me how to fix it If your answer is any of the above, then congratulations! You’re doing it all wrong.   Recently, I’ve been talking a lot about my upcoming back surgery, because people are very fond of asking soon-to-be college graduates what their future plans are, and mine involve having my spine fused. When people ask me, “So how are the grad school applications…