Yes, this is a plea for funding. If you’d like to skip ahead to the funding part, my PayPal address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
So here’s the story:
1.) After two years of MA work and just a few months before actually earning the MA, I finally know what the heck I’m doing in academia: English rhetoric and composition with a focus on disability studies and queer/crip/neuroqueer theory.
2.) The biggest professional party in all of disability studies is the annual Society for Disability Studies (SDS) conference. This year, it’s in Atlanta in June.
3.) Going to SDS would be a Very. Useful. Important. Deal. for my career right now. It would also make me be social for an entire week, which y’all keep telling me I should practice doing.
4.) I wasn’t going to go to SDS, however, until a fellow disability studies colleague and wonderful human being offered to solve for me my number-one problem with going: transportation.
5.) To make SDS happen, however, I still need to cover room and board for the week we’ll be in Atlanta. I estimate I’ll need $1,500 to pull this off.
tl;dr: Please help me get to SDS by donating anything you can – even a few dollars. My PayPal address is email@example.com. If you leave me your mailing address in the PayPal comments (optional), I will send you a handwritten thank-you note of love and more love.
You can make it my birthday and Christmas presents!
(I was going to set up a GoFundMe account for this, but they take five percent, and I thought “which would my friends rather pay that five percent for – GoFundMe’s continued existence, or actually making my professional dreams come true?”)