Author Archives: socioashley

On the move

This past week I’ve been moving. This will be my 3rd move since getting to Columbus for my graduate program. It’s come with logistical stresses, sweat, sunburns, and many bruises and scrapes from handling furniture and belongings. However, my time … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Case Managers

I have spent a majority of my time this week and last week drafting the findings from our phone interviews with Siemer-funded partners across the US. First off, the case workers and financial coaches on the ground are truly amazing … Continue reading

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Two Hands

As a first-generation college student, I knew that I needed to get an education in order to give myself a better chance at life, one better than my parents could ever offer. But I never dreamed of being rich, famous, … Continue reading

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Macro v. Micro

Earlier this week I encountered a meme on my Facebook feed. It was a copy of a tweet which stated, “IDK who needs to hear this, but poverty-wage workers cannot budget their way to economic stability. Offering financial literacy workshops … Continue reading

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What are you going to do with that degree?

Hi. My name is Ashley. I’m almost 27 and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow. Did I mention that I am also a Ph.D. student? Yep, and I’m a year away from being halfway through … Continue reading

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Why homelessness is not a choice

Stigma and misconceptions exist around many issues with deeply social and systematic roots. Homelessness is one of those issues. As a sociologist, I am been trained to look beyond the individual to understand the nature and patterns of endemic inequality. … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings (phone rings, that is)

Apologies for the belated post, but my work phone was blowing up last week! However, it was for good reason – we have been completing phone interviews at rapid speed! To give some insight into my project: Siemer wants to … Continue reading

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