Caitlin: By the People

an ode to a few people who've made me who i am



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Ray Charles

Papa immigrated to San Francisco from his home in rural Ireland. In the US, he worked construction seven days a week to send his three sons to Catholic school. I do everything I do to make him proud.

The Bruin Advertising and Marketing Team was my college family. For three years, they challenged me to work hard, party harder, and achieve the impossible. They are by far the craziest, sharpest group of people I've ever met.

If I could go back in time to any concert, I'd see Ray Charles without a minute's hesitation. When I'm stuck in traffic, there's nothing I love more than belting out Unchain My Heart.


Chance the Rapper


Bren and Sarah


Ray Bradbury

I'm obsessed. His joy, his lyrics, his philanthropy, his overalls, his everything. Acid Rap changed my life.

My two little siblings, Brendan and Sarah, are my super annoying best friends. They're actually not that little anymore... Bren's 6 foot 4.

Ray Bradbury was the best sci-fi writer who ever lived (in my humble opinion). My personal favorites are The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. 

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Auguste Rodin


Alok Vaid-Menon

These three beautiful women - Kristen, Lexi, and Clara - put up with living with me for FOUR WHOLE YEARS. Thanks for encouraging me to eat the occasional vegetable.

It's incredibly hard for me to pick a favorite artist - but Rodin stops me in my tracks. The weight of his work inspires my own artistic endeavors.

Alok is a is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. Their poetry, spoken word performances, and social commentary challenge me to view the world in an entirely new way.