Sunlight Scholar is where power meets practicality. Our aim is to channel the power of adventure, passion, and curiosity into increased recognition and appreciation for the hidden magic of everyday life. This allows for exciting new discoveries and perspectives in unexpected places.

When combined the practical applications of research, review, and reflection (“the three Rs”), it unlocks your potential to see world in a whole new light.

MEET THE BLOGGER


Hi there! My name is Rachel Mass (though I sometimes go by the names Rachel Lanier or Rachel Christine). I’m the owner and original creator of the Sunlight Scholar blog . As of now, I am also the sole contributor and editor of all content featured on this website, and in fact, the only human being working behind-the-scenes. That is subject to change at any point though.

I use they/them and she/her pronouns pretty much interchangeably (feel free to refer to me by either, or both, no preference). Now ar age 26, I am a Northeast Ohio native who has still never left, though I have bounced between cities a few times.

I was born in Youngstown, Ohio at the peak of Aries season (April 16th, to be exact) and lived there my whole life, right up until the day I left for college at age 18 at the Kent State University main campus nearly an hour away.

I lived in Kent for several years after that, and I ultimately graduated from Kent State University in December 2018 with a BA in English and minors in Philosophy and Political Science. Then I went back to my hometown because I didn’t know what else to do, aaaand…that didn’t last long.

So now, two years later, I have officially relocated to Akron, where I currently share an apartment with my long-term partner. So far, we have been v happy to stick around here. In fact, suddenly finding myself in a completely unfamiliar but pleasant environment is one of the major inspirations behind starting this blog.

Education

In December 2018, I graduated from KSU with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and two minors in Philosophy and Political Science. My original goal was to graduate with Philosophy as a second major, but I fell just short of the requirements and didn’t want to stay for another semester.

Professionally, I am an independent researcher, writer, content creator, comprehensive editor and reviewer, social media coordinator, and administrative assistant who does my best juggling freelance work with my full time job when I can swing it.

Sometimes (often, really), I need to step back and take a long break, but I am always trying to build up a professional presence for the projects I know will be there in the future when I am ready to take them on.

I graduated cum laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.59 and with additional Special Honors from the KSU Honors College due to my completion and defense of a Senior Honors Thesis Project.

I was also member of including KSU Honors College, Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society.

Okay, I’m done humble bragging now, I promise.

As for future education, I actually plan to return to Kent State University again in the near future for graduate school. I am in the process of putting together an application for the Master of Library and Information Science program.

My ultimate dream would be to get a PhD in that field and ideally work as an archivist of some kind, hopefully in a role that helps me connect with my local community in a meaningful way.

How Did This Blog Come To Be?

I mentioned before that in addition to my boring full-time day job, I am an independent researcher, writer, content creator, social media coordinator, comprehensive editor, and administrative assistant…at least some of the time. In the short term, I am working steadily building my career as a freelancer and actively honing my craft in hopes of becoming some kind of notable writer someday. In the long-term, I am holding onto the belief that I have the potential to establish myself as the ~academic~ slash independent creator of my dreams.

Because of all that, I am creating a professional author/service-based “professional” website to showcase my portfolio, process orders and paperwork for projects, and attract new clients and opportunities to expand my career. That lead me to create this blog purely as a platform that exists separately from my professional website. In theory, that gives me space to publish unpolished work and engage with people who share my interests without all the pressure of perfectionism and building an online persona for my future career.

Basically, I launched Sunlight Scholar separate, more personal platform where I could publish my half-baked ideas and works in progress. I am still an avid reader, writer, and creator in my personal life who needs a space to process information, get creative, build connections, and get feedback on whatever I might be working on at the time.

Who Am I And How Might This Blog Reflect That?

I would describe myself lifelong lover of writing and learning, avid internet user, strong opinion-haver, and a part-time creative person (with a full-time research hobby).

My interests include thinking about writing novels without ever acting on it, watching bad horror movies, and developing an emotional connection to plants.

I have been working especially hard on becoming a published writer and active contributor to political and literary discourse. My focus is on channeling my unique lived experiences with neurodivergence, trauma, disability, poverty, bisexuality, and other personal circumstances into meaningful works of writing and art.

I also draw from time to time…I’m actually just bad at that

I do a lot of creative writing I would like to have a platform for and I also love to do random self-assigned research projects I would like to share here as well. I paint things sometimes, which I am comfortably mediocre at.

I am extremely passionate about reading, writing, and seeking out knowledge in general. I write a lot of things, both fiction and non-fiction, and there’s nothing I love more than a good self-assigned research project! I plan to share all of that on this blog as I am working on them.

I am a communist who is committed to studying Marxist theory and using it as a tool to analyze our daily lives and interactions. I do a lot of literature reviews, critical analysis, general social commentary, news aggregation, reading notes, and other independent research, so that will probably all come together here at some point.

I have done a lot of work with non-profits, community organizations, and less formal networks around drug policy reform and harm reduction. I am very passionate fighting against the War on Drugs and the prison-industrial complex and believe strongly that we should offer harm reduction services and unconditional compassion to people who use drugs. I am also personally invested in drug culture and history. So you’ll probably hear about that on this blog too.

Another major inspiration for makin

king this blog were major changes and brand new experiences happening in my personal life, so expect some casual documentation of my daily thoughts and activities here from time to time.

Essentially, I plan to share whatever I’m working on or feel like discussing on this platform as it naturally comes to me. There are no rules here. If you love structure and predictability, this might not be your cup of tea.

Some More Random Facts About Me

  • I get way too invested in fictional things (as a rule) and I love consuming media.
  • I also enjoy video games and board games/tabletops! I sometimes play Super Smash Bros competitively. I do not do well.
  • I am more invested in Sonic the Hedgehog than I would like to admit.
  • I paint things sometimes, which I am comfortably mediocre at. I also draw from time to time…I’m just bad at that.
  • Other interests include thinking about writing novels without ever acting on it, watching bad horror movies, and developing an emotional connection to plants.
  • I love, love, love going out in nature and just hiking around or camping.
  • Sometimes I like to take pictures too. I vaguely intend to one day buy a nice camera and learn how to properly use it for this purpose.
  • I believe in astrology without a hint of irony and might dive into it sometime. I’ll post my natal chart if you’re into that sort of thing, because it’s pure chaos!

Personality Tests

…And here’s my natal chart

Favorites

  • TV show(s): Buffy the Vampire SlayerThe X-FilesTwin Peaks
  • Movie(s): Mary & MaxElectrick ChildrenCoraline
  • Music Artist: The Mountain Goats
  • Music Album: “How To Be A Human Being” by Glass Animals
  • Book: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
  • Season: Summer
  • Color: Purple
  • Animal: Capybara
  • Food: Banana peppers

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