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Master of Science (MS)
This thesis is the start of what I envision to be a full-length memoir that addresses themes of perfectionism and sacrifice. I begin with an introductory chapter, then move into three chapters that highlight different elements of my life that are affected by these themes. I begin exploring childhood, passion for figure skating, perfectionism, Mormonism, and my first romantic relationship. The next chapter shows ways in which this commitment to perfectionism and sacrifice results in a severe eating disorder, and the ways in which that affects me, my family, and my relationship with figure skating. The final chapter chronologically covers an abusive marriage. This last chapter concludes with my divorce and returning to the ice, which symbolizes coming home and embracing the imperfect.
Alexander, Alyssa Witbeck, "When Ice Isn’t Slippery" (2020). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7945.
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