Category: Stories

On Better Ocean Policy and Conservationists Catching Undersized Fish

Our first few weeks in Fiji have been a series of juxtapositions. Aimee and I live in an admittedly grimy, traffic ridden city but are only a bus ride away from pristine beaches.  I spend my working hours researching Ocean Policy Frameworks in the South Pacific but still happily chow down on tuna which is […]

Restoration in the Bay Area

The start to my summer at the California State Coastal Conservancy has been an exciting one with attending meetings, meeting the movers and shakers of conservation and climate adaptation in the state, conducting interesting research, and visiting projects. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a board meeting of the San Francisco Bay Restoration […]

In which Californians discover rain exists

Bula vinaka and hello! It’s amazing to think we’ve been in Suva for three weeks already, or should I say, only three weeks? We’ll be here until the end of August, so although three weeks sounds like a fairly decent amount of time to spend on a tropical island, we still have a lot to […]

Adlan – You Never Know What is Best for You (Persian)

  Story by Adlan Margoev, Dual degree NPTS (MIIS/MGIMO), ’18 Since I remember myself, I’ve barely spent a day speaking just one language. My parents come from the Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, where around ten thousand people, called the Kists, have been living for a couple of centuries. Another ten thousand, my family included, live in Russia […]

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 […]

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