its all finally coming together
in june i got my financial aid for Starr King, and the disappointment of not receiving enough money almost made me think i had made the worst mistake of my life by applying to divinity school. by wanting to straddle the line between academic theologian and a queer imam in the streets. wanting to do prison abolition, queer muslim affirmation, jewish-muslim interfaith engagement my way, and not play by anybody elses rules.
i spent a good portion of my summer feeling foolish for detouring a promising career in Jewish Studies to apply my undergraduate education in a way which was meaningful to me, instead of going through the motions and being marginally happy.
and then, a week or two after i started trying to fund raise for Starr King, i got a phone call from Boston University telling me I had been accepted to their School of Theology and 70% of my tuition was covered.
then came the next hurdle, the apartment hunt before the semester begins so i would have a place to live. and in one weekend i managed to nail an apartment where i can move in August 1st instead of September 1st.
So now i’m hours away from stepping on a plane and getting my first set of apartment keys.
I’m leaving the town and home that I’ve lived in for the majority of my life behind, again. but this time i won’t be bouncing back and forth between Chicago and Boston. I’ll be calling the east coast home for the next three years, maybe even longer. who knows.
i started the summer thinking none of this would actually happen
and now i’m here
moving on/moving forward