Emily Fagerstone is a student studying American Sign Language interpreting with an emphasis in education, while also working as a full-time early education teacher. She focuses studies on educational policies and intercultural communication to learn how to bridge communication to those different than herself. She grew up in Wyoming, perhaps the most conservative Republican state in the US, in a conservative Christian household.
Up until high school, Emily was homeschooled from which her interest in sign language began. As a young student, she struggled in school due to many different learning disabilities such as dysgraphia or a severe struggle with handwriting and found herself to be a right-brain visual learner to which the visual non-written nature of ASL worked perfectly.
Upon transferring into public high school Emily found a knack for academics finally and in her senior year began taking courses at a community college in which her American Sign Language interpreting journey began. After that transferred to the University of Northern Colorado for her BA in interpreting and is considering an MA in Deaf education later in life.
Growing up in the American cultural majority of while, Christian, republican she later in life found herself wanting to challenge the statuesque. In a study of history, education, and culture Emily brings a perspective on the world of minority culture and the effect of language differences on society. Emily holds strict Christian values but spent the latter part of her teens a messianic Jewish convert. This was until college when she transitioned back to a more anti-mainstream or “deconstructed” Christian viewpoint.
One not aligning with the traditional American dream system of the church but one on rational expository apologetics and biblical contexts built on by faith. She now spends her time as a mentor for a Christian organization on campus and is passionate about uplifting others’ faith walks through sharing on seeking out biblical truth rather than just belief. Emily’s conservative Christian upbringing was a big factor for many cultural and even political beliefs Emily holds.
As such until college, she never aligned herself with a political belief but in college due to social and cultural beliefs changing Emily now aligned with leftwing or social libertarianism. Believing in limited government, fair markets, and individual liberties including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to privacy, and strong civil liberties.
Equity or fair advantage over equality, socialized healthcare over the market, intercultural exchange and cultural humility, and separation of self-governing (marriage, religion, privacy) from the government (education, health care, economy) are some stances Emily holds close. Her hope is readers begin to see the world and people around them in new lights and to no longer live in a culturally blind society.