The Power of Language: Politically Speaking

The Power of Language: Politically Speaking

When I first wrote about the bilingualism of Cameroon, I was amused by the challenges set before Cameroon as a country of two official languages. It seemed rather laughable, watching people from the same country attempt to converse on the side of the street over mundane affairs such as cab fare, as if they came […]

 

J-Term 2017 Cuba Practica Participants

J-Term 2017 Cuba Practica Participants

Some of the bios of Cuba Participants – J-Term 2017! Cody Minnich I was born and raised in Colorado and attended undergrad in Portland, OR where I majored in TESOL. After teaching English to refugees in Portland, I was inspired

 

Taking Advice Seriously

Taking Advice Seriously

“Excuse me,” I asked smiling to the ladies selling corn on the side of the road. “Can you tell me where to go to get to…..Mfou?” I loved pronouncing the name of the town, because it sounded exactly like “fool” to me in French, which is how I felt at that moment. There I was, […]

 

Dreaming of a Bright Future

Dreaming of a Bright Future

“Girls are harassed, assaulted and raped.” “Sugar daddies exist.” “Girls get harassed by men in their community. Family members, classmates, even teachers.” I knew all of these statements to be true when I had worked with a team of classmates at our course with Partners in Health in Rwanda. We had worked out a puzzle […]

 

Work as a Peace Corps Volunteer: It’s what you make of it.

Work as a Peace Corps Volunteer: It’s what you make of it.

Flashback to 2013: “I think you should definitely sign up for the Masters International Peace Corps program. Those two years of my life as a volunteer were amazing.” I was wondering what Professor Kent Glenzer was going to say next, but no words came over the phone. Nervous since I didn’t really know him that […]

 

Back to schooooool

Back to schooooool

What a summer! So much has happened since my last post– My ‘deep dive’ presentation to the Fishery Solutions Team went really well. I had a very productive brainstorming session and was able to generate several behavioral intervention ideas for each of the challenges I discuss in my paper. We had a really great intern […]

 

“When is your data not data…?”

“When is your data not data…?”

I heard a joke the other day, and it started with something like that. This joke was funny to me, not because the punchline was perfectly timed and delivered with just right amount of dryness, but because this initial statement perfectly reflected the challenges we as Arctic researchers have been facing over the summer. In […]

 

Last Night

Last Night

“When you’re looking up there, do you know how to tell a planet from a star?” While walking under amber streetlights, a friend noticed me staring overhead. I said that I didn’t know constellations; I meant to learn but they escaped me. With a broad gesture and the easy grace of a performer, he took me […]

 

Demo Day to Monterey

Demo Day to Monterey

That was the fastest and busiest summer I’ve ever had. Van life was a whirlwind that consisted of waking up each morning, jumping in the ocean, getting coffee, and then working for 12+ hours each day trying to balance developing our prototype, refining and practicing our pitch, meeting with everyone we possibly could, and working […]

 

Back to the main land!

Back to the main land!

After eleven weeks in Hawaii I am back East, trying to keep cool and reflecting on an amazing summer. I feel so fortunate to have worked alongside people who are so passionate about the ocean and so determined to incite positive change. In wrapping up and finalizing my economic justification I spent my last week […]

 
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