Class Year


Document Type

Creative Writing

Date of Creation

Spring 2014

Department 1



This memoir investigates the roots of my core anxiety, the incessant but impossible ability to achieve perfection. It is framed by my experience getting a second tattoo, which is a line from T.S. Eliot's modernist poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and ties together both my internal struggle and my affinity for physical pain. This memoir draws a line between the past and the present, seeking to find a connection between struggling with anxiety and engaging in self-mutilation as a source of relief.


Third place winner of the 2014 Virginia Woolf Essay Prize

This piece was written for Professor Kathryn Rhett's English 305 course: Writing the Memoir, Spring 2014.