I started writing the sex column first at the Badger Herald and then at The Daily Cardinal. I was an undergrad. It was 2008. I started writing because I thought I had a lot of training and knowledge I could share on subjects about which training and knowledge weren’t always readily accessible. I wasn’t sure how well the column would be received, and I certainly didn’t expect to be writing for several years. The reason I did is because of you. Students wrote in with their own questions and issues. Some weeks, I had more e-mails than I had time to answer. I made referrals, sent private e-mails and published some columns for the paper. I like to think I made a difference, and I like to think people learned from me.
I’m not a UW student, but I have a daughter who is… I have read some of your pieces and have been impressed by both the intelligence and bravery evident in your writing… My daughter is going on a spring break trip this year, and I would like to see a hip, common-sense guide to spring break safety that she and other girls can depend on… I think you would be a good person to write such an article, and that’s why I’m sending this email… Thanks for continuing to write your articles. I’m glad UW has resources like this available for its students.