A couple of weeks ago, #ILookLikeAProfessor was trending on Twitter. The hashtag’s goal was to show that academia can be a diverse place, that the image of the old white man in tweed and elbow patches is not accurate. As a short, ethnic woman, who happens to not look her age (#thisis30), who has a couple of visible tattoos (including a Harry Potter one) and wants some more, who likes to wear jeans in winter (I’m in MKE, it’s cold), and who talks with students about Harry Potter even though I’m letting them get me off track, I know I do not fit the stereotype of an academic. Yes, I’m still a graduate student, but I teach 3 classes a year and want to continue teaching in higher ed, if possible. So, this trending hashtag resonated with me. On November 11, 2015 I will turn 30 and I plan on marking this occasion by getting a tattoo on my arm. It may still be covered (and will be, because – again – MKE), but I’m definitely not going to feel the academic guilt of not fitting in with the stereotype.

For a good read on #ILookLikeAProfessor, read Kelly Baker’s Vitea article here.