Category: Stories

Madiha Jamal – From Urdu-lish to People-Focused Policy-Making (Urdu)

Madiha grew up listening and speaking Urdu with her parents and older brother. Urdu is a connection for her family to where they come from, her family history and background is rooted in a culture and traditions from a different place. Language is her way of connecting with that culture and family history – it […]

Welcome 2017 Summer Fellows Bloggers!

Hello Summer Fellows! Please follow these simple steps to create a blog post: Step 1: Log in: Note:  Use normal MIIS credentials (same as for MIIS email) Step 2: Go to “+New” and “Post” located at the top left   Step 3:  Give your post a title and write your text. Note:  please insert […]

How My DPMI Plus Experience Paid Off More Than I Ever Expected

Sarah Terherst completed DPMI Plus in the Spring of 2017. She is currently working as the Field Program Coordinator for the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth projected based in Niamey, Niger. I’m one of those weirdos whose known what they wanted to do for a long time. I wanted to work […]

A Day on Jury Duty

This past Wednesday, I left the house just after 7AM in order to be able to report for jury duty promptly at 8:30AM at Quincy District Courthouse. I left the courthouse that day around 4:30PM, sharing handshakes, well wishes, and gratitude with the other six members of the jury of which…

Miranda Meyer – Spanish and Me: A Love/Hate Relationship (Spanish)

Story written by Miranda Meyer, IEM/MPA, ’18 Spanish and I have a love/hate relationship. Some days I absolutely love listening to it, speaking it, and thinking about it. Other days, I struggle to come up with words, my pronunciation is terrible, and if I hear one more song in Spanish I want to scream. I […]

Erika Quinonez – Embrace Discomfort, Stay Calm (Portuguese)

Story written by Erika Quinonez, IEM, ’17  My fascination with Brazilian culture began long before I started to learn Portuguese in a formal setting. I had a profound interest in the rhythm of the language, particularly when it came to Brazilian music and poetry. There were always classic Brazilian records playing on the turntable in […]

DPMI Plus Spotlight: Addy Jimenez Haga

DPMI Plus Spring 2017 is underway and we have the inside scoop from current DPMI Plus participant, Addy Jimenez Haga, IPD. She is currently working in Peru for the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC). How did you find your practicum position? During my first semester at […]

Elizabeth Anderson – Pieces of the Puzzle (Spanish, Arabic)

Elizabeth started her language journey with a high school student exchange program to Marbella, Spain. In that small coastal town, she learned Spanish through immersion in the culture and was able to gain proficiency in the language otherwise unattainable through classroom learning. That experience informed her decision while studying in university to pursue Italian in […]

Ling Juan – More in Common Than I Thought (Korean, Chinese)

Growing up in Taiwan, Mandarin was my first language. My first encounters with Korean were watching Korean dramas with my grandmother as a child. Learning Korean was naturally fun to me as a beginner; the pronunciation of Hanja is similar to Chinese and the spelling is alphabetic like English. The social aspect of Korea attracted […]

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