My inspiration for starting PLEX/US stems from academia and the internet. Like many other twenty-somethings, I have spent most of my life (so far) in school. I have also grown up as what many think of as a “digital native.” As such, I often feel the strain of these worlds being closed off to one another. While I have been fortunate to attend schools that tout the dictum of well-roundedness, I still feel that the Ivory Tower is too remote, while the internet is often difficult to digest in its enormity. The seed for PLEX/US comes from my favorite books, magazines, classes, and memories that deconstruct dichotomies of the emotional/intellectual, critical/creative, and personal/political.