Year in Review

Hey everyone!

Well another year is just about over so I thought that I’d give a few thoughts on 2015. This has been quite a year. I received notice of my acceptance to the University of Georgia School of Law in March which has been my most treasured achievement. I left my job at Russell & Herrera to move to Athens. My job was okay, but I really enjoyed working with the people there. They were very supportive when I switched my name and pronouns. One of my bosses even helped me pick out a sport coat for school. I really loved living in Atlanta, and I hope to move back permanently after law school. I met a lot of great people and am thankful for my time there.

I came out as transgender to my best friend for the first time at the end of June and at the beginning of July made a public Facebook announcement. It’s been quite the ride. My sister has been 100% supportive since day one, and my mom is working on it.  I get frustrated with her and she gets frustrated with me, but she keeps trying so I guess I can’t really ask for more. Many trans people lose family during their coming out so I’m lucky in that respect.

Overall I’ve been a lot more happy since coming out. There have been plenty of tough times, but living authentically has far outweighed the bad. It has been really great to be able to be Harris at law school. I’m not known as anyone other than Harris there thanks to the professors and administration, and for that I am grateful. I am also thankful for the wonderful friends that I’ve made at school. I’d also like to thank my friends from home who have given me support in person or through Facebook. I’ve been pleasantly surprised about the level of support that I’ve received. I still can’t help but be afraid anytime I come out to someone new. I still have loved ones that I haven’t had the chance to tell. I haven’t really been home, and somehow I don’t think that this conversation is one for over the phone (lol). I’ll get there, and if I lose people along the way I guess they weren’t meant to be part of my life in the first place…it still stings though.

This first semester of law school has been difficult for a lot of reasons. I’ve had to make quite the adjustment on many different levels. I don’t get my grades back for another couple of weeks, but I don’t have a good feeling about them. I plan to cut myself some slack if the grades aren’t as good as I’d hoped. I’ve been dealing with a lot this past semester. I hope to get better about reaching out for support when I’m feeling down. I have to see a therapist soon to get a letter of approval for testosterone, so I guess that will be good for multiple reasons. I have actually enjoyed much of the academic aspect of my first semester. I’ve found the material interesting and certainly challenging. I’ll be excited to get back to Athens to see my friends and get back to work in a couple weeks.

Well here’s to the best year yet, and I’ll talk to y’all next year!

All the best,

Harris

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