About the Blog Title and Tag Line:

This blog used to be known as “avocadoenthusiast”, but I figured that was too long and niche to spur people’s attention. Mid-2016, I changed the blog title to “pradahag” because it was funnier, had a bit of a self-depreciating ring to it, and was a clever play-on-words. I might change it later on if Prada decides to sue me for copyright infringement, but until then…

I’ve played with many online personas, ranging from a space captain to a quinoa princess (very, very dark times), and now I’m a SUPER INTERNET SENSATION (caps imperative), which you can read about here.

About the Blog:

This blog started off as a space for me to extrapolate the absurdities of relationships, but has since evolved into a space based on my interests, including:

  • Reflections on how I navigate my body and existence as a racialized woman
  • Summaries and commentaries of current events in relation to critical theory
  • Discussions of mental wellness
  • Blog posts about daily occurrences and oddities
  • Excerpts of my essays and academic work, some of which can be found here
  • Other miscellaneous posts about linguistics, intersectional feminism, Russian literature, continental philosophy, photography, media studies, and so on…

About Me:

My name is Melissa and I am a writer. I used to write a lot of youth fiction and poetry, which you can find on soon-to-be-constructed pages of this site, but now I focus more on blog-writing and digital story-telling. As someone who always struggles with articulation, I find that writing often allows me to express myself in ways I would not be able to verbally.

I am also an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in English Literature and Language, and minoring in Philosophy. My time in Academia has allowed me to focus on interdisciplinarity, starting with Arts One, a first-year cohort program that combines English, History, and Philosophy, and presently manifesting in UBC’s Student Directed Seminars, which a colleague and I are running in Spring 2018. The nature of this seminar, for those that are interested, is a mix of rhetoric, sociology, philosophy, history, and political science. I will be applying to a teaching program in the lower mainland for the 2018/2019 cohort for secondary teaching in hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. I also hope to further my education in a Masters program, focusing on the benefits of multimodal literacies in pedagogy.

All seriousness aside though, I also enjoy makeup and skincare, and have recently been obsessed with perfecting my eyeshadow technique and night-time routine. I work at a gym and enjoy hiking, I am an avid fan of TV comedies, I listen to sad acoustic music, 70’s Hits, and trap (weird combination), have an obsession with dogs and dog memes, and I have a crush on Harry Styles (and my partner, Nicholas). These are among many other trivial niceties.

This is me! Captured by Nicholas Mani-Flower

A Note about Creative Commons:

Copyright is sometimes a pain in the ass, and I feel that (#throwback to Taylor Swift suing her fans over having her face on their own personal shirts 😦 ). Taken from the Creative Commons site: “Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Our legal tools help those who want to encourage reuse of their works by offering them for use under generous, standardized terms; those who want to make creative uses of works; and those who want to benefit from this symbiosis”.

Other than my essays and academic work, all of my material operates under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license, which means you can:

  1. Share — copy and redistribute my material in any medium or format
  2. Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon my material