My name is Tessa Knight, and I don’t know what I want to do with my life. At the moment, ‘I dunno’ is the defining feature of who I am as a person, and I’m okay with that. I used to have a plan: finish high school with perfect grades, start medschool, become a doctor, join Doctors Without Borders, help people, make money, retire.

The Plan fell apart when I found myself in hospital in the beginning of my final year of high school with a new diagnosis – bipolar disorder type II. I was forced to re-evaluate my life, take stock of what actually mattered to me, and made a startling discovery: The Plan was no longer what I wanted to do with my life. So I didn’t go to medschool. Instead, I hopped on a flight to South-East Asia and returned just in time to start a Bachelor of Science at The University of Cape Town. Now, nearly a year and a half later, I’ve realised that lab work isn’t for me. I have a passion for words, be they spoken, written, sung or left to evolve on different tongues. So I’ll be a fresh-faced first year again soon, starting a major in English and Film and Media to hopefully, one day, become a big-shot journalist. Or a penniless writer. Either works.

I write about a lot of things because, unsurprisingly, I don’t know what I want to write about. I mainly focus on mental health, travel, feminism and animal rights, with a little creative writing thrown in here and there.


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