Belonging: Essays

Date of Award

Winter 2020

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

Susan Hertz

Second Advisor

Jaed Coffin

Third Advisor

Melinda White


This thesis is a collection of essays that tackle, at their heart, what it means to “belong.” They are raw, honest, relatable to those who too, like the narrator, question what it means to “Belong.” Each essay progressively brings to light and questions what “belonging” truly is, and “what it means to belong.” Through the viewpoint of our narrator, each essay takes on a different topic of life and contemplates what belonging means in relation to those things – in particular: masculinity, abuse, place, boxing, voice, queerness, and so on.

This collection, the culmination of nearly two years work, hopes to answer, and help others through their personal struggles of sense of belonging, through contemplation on the page.

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