“You look so pitiful” 🤔—-> Yes, that was said to me today, the first official day of my 7th year as a professor, as pictured.
Is it pitiful that I earned a PhD at 25 by defending my dissertation with medical braces on my legs and a walker to support me after having both of my ankles surgically reconstructed?
Is it pitiful that I was UNANIMOUSLY promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure at 30 through years of declining health and debilitating symptoms, including >100 medical appointments per year while working full time?
Is it pitiful that I have brought in hundreds of thousands of research grant funding to my university, presented and published my work internationally, and serve on a study section for the NIH?
Is it pitiful that I STILL wake up every day with a positive attitude and a smile on my face focused on finding and spreading joy in the smallest of ways amongst so much medical hardship and blatant ableism?
What is so pitiful is how inaccessible and unaccommodating higher education is for people with disabilities:
~I fielded many rude, hurtful, and insensitive comments today, simply because I am more visibly disabled now
~I had to sit in the back corner of the lecture hall for the faculty opening session because the room is inaccessible (see 2nd picture)
~I received an angry email in ALL CAPS telling me to immediately move my car after I had parked it between two improperly marked handicapped spots on a curb to align my ramp with the curb cutout, the only way I could possibly get my wheelchair out of my car for the meeting this morning
~I had to open several heavy doors with one hand while driving my wheelchair with the other because most of the automated mechanisms are broken or can’t be reached from a wheelchair
And the most pitiful thing of all is that people assume that I am less than, less capable, and someone to exclude just because my body defies physiology and I struggle to walk. I’m literally the same as I was before, still Dr. Price here, a little older and wiser, and zooming around campus at 6.0 mph
Such a BIG DAY for so many of you guys! 🎊It was unreal to see from my poll just how many of you following @thatoxfordgirl were getting results today 🎈I know you must have been a ball of nerves waiting the last few weeks and opening them must have been terrifying but now you know and you can decide what the next step is for you ☺️Whatever has happened today I am so proud of each and every one of you; going to your lessons, revising for hours on end, sitting your exams, whilst juggling uni applications, personal statements, plus entrance exams, work submissions and interviews if you applied to @oxford_uni well that is SO MUCH WORK 📚🙈But YOU, yes YOU did it and regardless of what happened today, you will have learnt so much along the way, you are heading for great things 🎈🙌If you got into Oxford Uni today then WOW, what an achievement! 🎉You must have worked ridiculously hard and deserve every minute of that excitement I hope you are feeling 🎊Out of all those applicants, you GOT IN! Here @thatoxfordgirl we are so proud of you 💕It has been incredible receiving your messages today, they really do mean so much, so please do let me know how you get on 🙏At TOG want to represent as many students as possible, so if you’ve found the resource helpful during your application process we would 💙to have you as part of the student ambassador team! 🎓Full post on what it entails tomorrow but it’s v little commitment and lots of fun, do drop me a message if you’re interested in hearing more 💌Huge thank you to my amazing team of @thatoxfordgirl student ambassadors who write the brilliant blog posts! 💕KEEP THOSE MESSAGES COMING! 💌💌💌
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NEW BLOG POST up on A LEVEL RESULTS DAY 2019 on www.thatoxfordgirl.com, link in bio 😊🎓
For the first time ever, the proportion of female students studying science at A-level rose to just over 50%, outnumbering male students in England.
The welcome shift is said to be a result of years of effort to tackle the gendered stereotypes associated with the subject.
Female and male students taking up Stem (science, technology and maths) subjects also rose to 21% of all A-level entries, up from 19.2%. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary for England, said: “I’m delighted to see more pupils choosing science-related subjects. This is encouraging particularly as we look to boost science in this country and the skills we’ll need in the future.”
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