The Professor Is In
Well, I sure felt like a professor today, as I was a guest speaker in not one, but two classes in Temple University's Therapeutic Recreation department. The subject of my talks was accessibility, which is near and dear to me, of course, as it is the focus of my own master's research on urban parks. I did talk about park access, but I also spoke about access in other aspects of city life -- cultural institutions, sports facilities, hospitals, education, transportation, etc. In addition, I talked about the assistive technology I use on a daily basis.
The students asked a number of interesting questions, but my favorite came from a girl who asked if I go to parties on the weekend.
"No, not typically...Why, do you know of any? I'll give you my number," I said.
My nurse (who was thinking the same thing) nearly hit the floor, shocked at my newly-discovered bravado. It all comes with maturity, my friends. I am 30 years old, after all -- a fact which was surprising to one young female student.
"You don't act like you're 30," she told me.
I'll take that as a compliment! And if you know of any parties, you know where to find me...