Prompt: Why do you want to apply for a degree in Kinesiology?

Me: I didn’t grow up watching sports. Not that I found it boring, but I grew up at the dining table with my back to the television. My half siblings, twenty years older than me, would look past…


TLDR: Sports = competition = placements. So, is the issue about the fairness of being a man or a woman? Because these scientific distinctions between a man and a woman are too reductionist to call. Is it about being in the Olympics? Then what exactly does the Laurel Hubbard’s…


Social Slacktivism is the practice of supporting a political or social cause by means such as social media or online petitions, characterized as involving very little effort. -Wikipedia

I am guilty of being a slacktivist. How little critical thinking do I actually do when I post a quick social media feed to my story, assuming that I can stand boldly on my side/soap box. I had a friend make a comment about one of my stories this morning. He’s a friend I greatly respect, but his comment was as vague as the side I’m proposing to be on. I love engaging with him though because we have a history of being critical, not of each other but for each other. I’ve been meaning to write more around social justice in sports and he’s giving me the push to do so.


The abstract was about my thesis and it should have been simple. After all, I had already written 3 different abstracts. One of them was accepted for a conference with the Association for Asian American Studies, which was presented a few months ago. Another was accepted as honorable mention for…


Being a graduate student is pretty similar to being an undergraduate except that I spend hours trying to organize my ideas. I take at least one day to think about how to form one paragraph which decently conveys the idea I’m trying to propose. The good thing is, I’m synthesizing…


The transition to college is a period of vulnerability and isolation for racial, gender, and sexual minorities in university systems that have historically been predominantly white and heteronormative. Consequently, minority students often navigate the academic setting with a heightened awareness of the cultural environment with detriment to their mental health…


The ongoing discourse on police brutality, black lives, and the legacy of white hegemony has naturally weighed heavy on me. I am left with wondering about what I can do as my position as a scholar. My thesis is geared towards addressing white hegemonic masculinity in the athletic arena and…


Either my focus is going to shit, or my motivation is. I think it’s the former because I still want to get good at my studies, but I’m struggling to grasp the statistics portion of the last few assignments. Now, statistics are a struggle for anyone but ever since I…


Once again, it has been awhile since I last wrote and I can’t say that I’m a consistent writer. I still have trouble keeping my train of thought in a logical manner. I write on a topic until I feel like I’ve made my point sufficient enough to satisfy how…


Unlike my father, I cannot speak of famine or war. He had left China for Hong Kong around 1944. He said little of the restaurants he worked in before even reaching his teens. So, I am left to inherit his eulogy and fill in the blanks in between. …

Matthew Gee

SFSU Master student in Kinesiology - working on my writing and personal reflections about what I’m learning in grad life

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