I am not a subordinate cardinal

Habit isn’t something I reach for, for explanatory power. Belief, on the other hand, captures it. My old school gives you a string of numbers at a domain separating you from everyone else, for an email address. Here, I am simply one amongst the rest. Yet I still insist on attempting the domain ‘student’ when logging into my academic inbox; I still don’t believe that I am no longer subordinated as a cardinal number, that I am recognised as more-equal. They stamp you. Others from different institutions are alarmed to hear of it: “but what about…your name?”

They would never give me soundthief@…..ac.uk

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