Stereotype-me-not: On Cosplay, Chemistry And Music

CosplayThere are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

It may seem cliche to start a personal story with a quote, but I feel it sums up my general existence quite nicely. I enjoy random fun, am a bit of a mischief maker, and, believe that there is light in everything, even within the darkness. If you are able to bring momentary joy in someone’s life, no matter how little, then you are doing something right! Look for the positives in whatever you do, and success will surely follow. With failure, comes learning; you learn some of the best lessons from failure, so see that not as defeat, but yet another step closer to your betterment.

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A cosplayer possesses the confidence to portray any and every character they could ever dream of, and no it’s not limited to comic books; when I say anything, I mean ANYTHING. This particular photo is a female version of the comic book character, Deadpool, with a Musketeer twist. Cosplay isn’t about simply “dressing up”, it is outwardly expressing to the world that it is ok to pursue what you love and have fun with it, no matter what!
 Pose with wax Patrick Swayze? Yes please! Opportunity lies in everything you do, you just have to be open to thinking outside of the box.
Pose with wax Patrick Swayze? Yes please! Opportunity lies in everything you do, you just have to be open to thinking outside of the box.

 

 

 

Music plays a major role in my life. In the moments where you are left without words, with no other way to express to the world what you feel deep inside, music opens the door to a new level of expression. It can serve as your solace, or even connect to your listeners on an emotional level.
Music plays a major role in my life. In the moments where you are left without words, with no other way to express to the world what you feel deep inside, music opens the door to a new level of expression. It can serve as your solace, or even connect to your listeners on an emotional level.
 Trying on dresses may be a simple thing, but being a character with your sister in the process shows the world that it's ok to act outside of the norm, and it's actually uplifting.
Trying on dresses may be a simple thing, but being a character with your sister in the process shows the world that it’s ok to act outside of the norm, and it’s actually uplifting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing lives through the power of Chemistry! Whenever the word "chemistry" is mentioned, people cringe because it's viewed as an impossible feat, and especially challenging for a woman of color. My answer to that is, a field of study isn't about shying away from something because it's perceived by society to be hard.  It's about pursuing what you love, and not letting the bias of society define who you are. I was fortunate enough to have great mentors to light my path along the way, and for that I am grateful because success comes not from one hand alone.
Changing lives through the power of Chemistry! Whenever the word “chemistry” is mentioned, people cringe because it’s viewed as an impossible feat, and especially challenging for a woman of color. My answer to that is, a field of study isn’t about shying away from something because it’s perceived by society to be hard. It’s about pursuing what you love, and not letting the bias of society define who you are. I was fortunate enough to have great mentors to light my path along the way, and for that I am grateful because success comes not from one hand alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Alexander Andrea Alexander is a Development Chemist a Dow Corning Corporation, a member of the American Organist Guild and wakes up in the morning saying “Go Green, Go White” because this is Sparta and every Michigan State graduate wakes up that way. She also serves as a member of the women reVamped Board of Directors.

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