I graduated, indirectly thanks to DWJ!

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Jun 11 09:58:10 EDT 2003


Denise:

>Okay, so I know that it's relatively nothing on this list, but -- I 
>just got confirmation that I have officially graduated from U.C. 
>Berkeley's English department!  Woohoo!

Not relatively nothing at all!  Congratulations!

>
>DWJ aspect of this: I got top marks on my Senior Thesis on using 
>fantasy literature as a tool for psychological healing in 
>disadvantaged/disabled individuals, and used DWJ's works as 
>examples.  If I hadn't read "Witch Week" as a kid, I might not have 
>realized that being different, even if you are mistreated as a 
>result, isn't necessarily a mark of inferiority and lacked the 
>self-esteem to even *try* going to Berkeley given all of my 
>disabilities.  (Most of my internal organs are severely 
>defective/malformed, plus I'm autistic.  I've always adored DWJ 
>because she is one of the few authors that writes exactly like an 
>autistic such as myself thinks.)

Your thesis sounds fascinating (as Anna's already said).  Is there 
any way you could make a copy available for us to read or anything? 
I know it's been done in the past, but am clueless as to how it was 
done.

Hallie.
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