Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Dan Wakefield

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Vernon Dickson

Third Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

Date of Defense



My Impending Adulthood: Quarterlife Crisis and Beyond is a collection of personal essays that chronicles the time before, during and shortly after the narrator's quarterlife crisis. The further removed from childhood she grows, the more the narrator clings to aspects of her youth she fears she'll lose when she resigns to enter the adult word-a place she believes is stifling and terrifying. Each essay in this collection serves as a lens through which the adult world is examined, admired, feared, avoided and misunderstood as the narrator works to accept that she must grow up, despite nearly three decades of persistent resistance. The essays illustrate ways in which innocence is incrementally lost, while at the same time celebrating ways in which portions of this innocence is preserved and appreciated. This collection aspires to give a voice to readers in their twenties whose struggles are often ignored by the literary world.





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