Mackenzie speaking in front of a crowd. Photo courtesy of Author.

Once, I used a fake ID for the first time in my life so I could get into a 21 & over storytelling competition. I got 2nd place — pretty good for a fake adult, right?

I have always loved public speaking. Maybe I’m biased from my 10+ years of…

Cue the Trauma Olympics

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If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently, you may have noticed the shift from work-related posts to posts about people’s personal experiences and struggles. Often, the latter are the ones that resonate most with the LinkedIn community — driving the most likes and views.

You’ve seen them all:

  • The post about…

A financial genius

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Local 32-year-old business analyst Zack White has invested tens of thousands of dollars into Dogecoin since the meme-based cryptocurrency took off in 2021.

Zack tells us that investing in crypto is his way of keeping his future stable.

“I just care about my financial future, you know?” writes Zack from…

A Conversation

This is a picture of a school. A school that I, in fact, go to. Photo by Christopher on Unsplash

I start law school in the fall. Did I mention where I’m going to school?

No?

I didn’t mention where I’m going to school?

Oh! Okay.

I wasn’t sure if I mentioned where I’m going to school. I guess I didn’t! I feel like I talk about it a lot…

Mackenzie is being a giant tourist in one of her favorite places in the world. Photo Courtesy of Author

Exactly twelve years ago today, on December 19th, 2009, I was paralyzed from the waist down.

And last week, I used a mobility aid in public for the first time since I learned how to walk again.

For years, I was so afraid of looking visibly disabled. I refused to…

Mackenzie Saunders

Storyteller. Disabled. Incoming Harvard Law School student. Top Writer x4. Editor of Destigmatizing. Living in my parents’ basement in AZ, USA

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