For a college student, the beginning of May is always a weird time -- we're finishing up final papers, enduring our final class sessions, and moving out of our dorm rooms and apartments, getting ready to move back home or to a new city for the summer. But this May, things have been a little different. It's my senior year, and I'm not just leaving Ithaca for the summer.
I finished the last exam of my college career on Thursday. I have to start packing up my room in a few days. I graduate a week from today. This is weirder than I imagined it would be.
My transition this year will have to be particularly speedy. I graduate on Sunday, spend a week at home, and then move to New York City to work with Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the country. I'll be serving as the organization's online content manager, and I can't be more excited to begin. I am thrilled to contribute to the LGBT movement with Freedom to Marry - especially now, when national support for marriage equality grows stronger every day.
As I'm transitioning out of College Student mode and into Real World mode, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my time at The Bilerico Project. I have learned so much from working with Bil and the amazing roster of Bilerico Project contributors, and I am proud to implement those skills in my new position. I'll be staying on as a Bilerico Project contributor, but I will no longer be serving as an Associate Editor.
I'm so glad that last summer, I decided to forego the corporate internship and work alongside Bil, who will forever be a mentor to me. His knowledge of LGBT history and the modern movement is unmatched, and it was amazing to see his wonderful combination of journalism, commentary, and criticism make such an impact on the Internet.
I'm grateful that Bil provided me with such an awesome platform to explore the world of blogging - and that he trusted me enough to give me the freedom to write for, edit, and manage The Bilerico Project. Most interns don't get that hands-on experience, but with The Bilerico Project, I got it from Day One.
I'm proud to have started my work in the LGBT movement at The Bilerico Project, where I interacted daily with the most diverse array of LGBT contributors on the Internet. I learned so much from these intelligent, passionate, and brave individuals, who have been working tirelessly in the movement for years. I aspire someday to make as much of a difference for the LGBT community as the Bilerico Project contributors have.
Thanks so much to the readers of The Bilerico Project for allowing a college student the chance to grow and develop in this space. Thanks for listening to my opinions, critiquing my analyses, and engaging with the news. Thanks for making all of the work that goes into The Bilerico Project worth it!
As I prepare to graduate, move to New York City, and transition into my new position with Freedom to Marry, I want to thank everyone for all that they've done for me. I'm sure we've all had quite a year - thank you for being a part of mine.