The Basics

Call me Cat. My real name is Caitie, but I go by Cat on the Internet because it’s easier to spell. And I do consider myself somewhat feline in personality, but more on that later.

I’m originally from Springfield, IL, but I’m currently a sophomore at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. When I’m not in class, I can usually be found holed up in my room for some reason or another, or when it’s nice, I go for wanders or run around campus. I’d love to talk if you ever run into me, provided you have something worthwhile to say.

I’m a writer, a linguist (my major), une francophone (ne soyez pas surpris si j’ajoute les phrases en français de temps en temps), a debater, a dreamer, an idealist and a realist (it depends on the situation), a girlfriend to a wonderful guy, a massive nerd (particularly when it comes to music and records), a liberal, a feminist, a gender-fluid person, an Aspie/autistic with OCD and occasional SAD (that explains the cat thing—on several occasions I’ve seen autistic/otherwise neuroatypical people depicted as cats and NTs as dogs), a neurodiversity/mental health advocate, and many other things that I don’t even know I am yet.

The Nitty-Gritty

I must admit that aside from my 80 Minutes For Life contributions (my old, aborted blogs really don’t count at all), I really have zero blog experience, so do pardon me if it takes me a while to find my footing here. No doubt some of my first posts here will come off as somewhat self-indulgent, so potential commenters take note: I am open to constructive criticism! However, trolling, meanness and spamming will not be tolerated, and I will delete everything I find to be of such a nature.

I explained some of this in my first entry, but just to have here in the hopes that this will be a long and fulfilling blog for me: this blog, while not strict in its goals, nevertheless has as its central theme the intersection of language and social activism. By “social activism” I mainly mean feminism and neurodiversity advocacy, as those are the movements I am most involved in and know the most about, but it is by no means limited to those categories. (I just might need to do a bit more homework if I stray outside those fields.)

Considering this blog is so new, I’ll probably expand upon this section more once I get deeper into the blogging process.

You can contact me at inyourpanorama@gmail.com if you wish to drop me a line.