IMG_1078Welcome to my blog! 

I’m Mehret (me-he-re-t), a Sociology (M.A.) graduate working in the field of youth work with a knack for writing.  At this tiny corner of the internet, I dedicate my writing to three main areas— youth work, digital wellness, and mental health.

Youth WorkI have over 5 years of experience working with youth in academic settings and non-profit organizations. I wrote my graduate course thesis on the issue of youth poverty, and the importance of youth empowerment and youth activism for social change. Check out my LinkedIn resume.

Digital WellnessMy personal obsession for all things related to social media has led me to read a conspicuous amount of literature on the topic, and subsequently quit social media altogether. As a self-proclaimed social-media-hater, I have begun to consider myself a digital wellness expert, naturally. In this section, I aim to bring awareness to the unintended consequences of the digital world and advocate for cultivating digital wellness.

Mental Health: This section is dedicated to mental health and mental wellness, specifically as it relates to youth work and digital wellness. I have a minor in Psychology, as well as professional experience working in the mental health field.

This blog is intended to part academic, part self-reflection, and part humorous.

When I’m not busy adulting, I read a conspicuous amount of books borrowed from the library, make mediocre embroidery art, and patiently wait for the revolution.

You can contact me via email at mehretbiruk@gmail.com.


 

Besides that, here are some interesting-ish facts about me: 

  • I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and can speak and read fluently in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia.
  • I have an accent, which some say is a mixture of Ethiopian, Canadian and Torontonian accents.  I really don’t hear my accent, ever, unless I mispronounce something and it just sounds wrong.
  • I have never had my ear lobes pierced.
  • I used to be deathly afraid of dogs until I met my boyfriend’s dog, Bach, and it was basically love-at-first-sight. Bach is featured here.
  • I’m a dedicated minimalist, which my loved ones enjoy poking fun at it whenever the opportunity presents itself.
  • I have a very dark sense of humor. It is the best feeling when someone temporarily hates you for making them laugh at an inappropriate joke.