Inside of My Head

Posted: October 5th, 2015

Hello there, I am Madison Gibson, but better known as just plain old Maddi. I am a first year here at UCSC, and I chose College Ten because the theme of social justice and community really resinated with me. At the end of senior year I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I was simply going to college because that is just what you do, but one day after stepping back and opening my eyes to what is going on in the world I decided that I needed to do something to help change it. I love helping people and it sounds dumb but that is one of the only things in the world that truly makes me happy. I was involved with a lot of community service programs at my school and ran events like feeding the homeless in San Diego, canned food drives, staff appreciation fancy dinners, etc. Needless to say I love getting involved in things I feel that matter. I have been a vegan for around 6 months now. I decided to try it out because I was sick of looking the way I did and wanted to be healthier. Even though being vegan started for health reasons, the more and more I did research and learned how wasteful/disgusting that industry is, I became even more proud of myself for stepping away from that unnecessary aspect of life. Why I bring this up is to show that my goal in life is to help anyone/anything I can while I am still here. I took this class because I want to be able to educate others and allow them to open their minds and come to the realization that racism, sexism, etc is still prevalent in society today. I want people to think critically and make decisions by simply straying away from “traditions”, because we all know society changes and things our ancestors did weren’t necessarily right. I want to leave my footprint embedded in this world, but I don’t want recognition. I don’t want anyone to glorify me in textbooks; I want to be a piece of the movement, not the center of it. I want to be one of those people standing in the crowd, faceless, that does something for the sake of doing good, not for self fulfillment. This year is my start to bettering myself and the world. Wish me good luck.