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My name is James, at the time of writing this introduction I’m 26 years old. I’ve lived in North Mississippi my entire life. I was born to a nurse and a farmer; the most stereo-typically Southern married couple in the world, except for the fact that they’re anything but. My parents are in my opinion, some of the most understanding and chill people in the world.

I attended a local Christian school until graduating as valedictorian in 2010. Right now you’re probably thinking you’ve got an uppity know-it-all on your hands. You’d be partially right. While I did graduate valedictorian; it was a small school, only 2 other students graduated by my side (Kudos if you are one of them). After high school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life so I was given an ultimatum. I either go to college or get a job. In response I did what every freshly out of high school individual does, I curled up in the fetal position and then promptly applied to the satellite campus of Itawamba Community College in Tupelo, Ms.

After applying to college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life until that fateful day came that I had to enroll in classes. It was this day that among the standard classes I enrolled in the Foundations of Psychology Class. From then out I had found my major, that was until one of my fellow classmates introduced me to Social Work. I jumped ship, changed majors and road the waves all the way to the University of Mississippi where I met a diverse group of people and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s.

As for the last couple of years, they have been a roller coaster ride of events and emotions for my family and I, that I would rather leave unspoken. Sorry to leave it at that but a lot has changed for us in a short period of time, I hope you understand.

If you’re still reading at this point, I’d like to say thank you and introduce you to the type of weekly column from me you are in for. Remember that diverse group of people I mentioned? I’m going to be talking about them. You are now looking at your screen thinking that I’m about to roast some foreigners or turn into a flaming homophobe. I’m not, and shame on you for thinking that of me. Now you are probably thinking that I’m some ultra-liberal who voted for Hillary in the last presidential election. Sorry for dragging politics into this but it’s the world we live in. Everyday we meet people who have their own diverse lives and sense of self. If I’ve lost you I will be writing about all of us, we are all human, we all deserve a voice. If reading about the human condition is boring to you I hope my unique personality keeps you interested and if not there are other columns and articles to keep you interested.

In closing, thanks for reading about me, myself, and I as well as my upcoming column about humanity.


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