July 11, 2018

While living in the Netherlands, I caught glimpses of my other homes. Vibrant orange poppies and energy-generating windmills churning like futuristic robots transported me to California. The flat farmland filled with a children’s book of farm animals brought me back to...

July 2, 2018

I am a huge fan of old-fashioned handwritten cards. Life is too short to not let the people you are grateful for know how much they mean to you. The Saturday after Thanksgiving and at the close of each school year, I dedicate time to crafting dozens of notes expressing...

June 26, 2018

The Question Box. The Love Box. The Sex Box. The Porno Box.

Depending on the school, the hollow rectangle with a slit large enough to slide in folded papers with anonymous questions took on a different name. However, the function remained the same, students wrote down a...

June 18, 2018

One of my favorite parts of living abroad was when friends from home traveled to Amsterdam. Not only did these visits give us a chance to catch up, but they also provided an opportunity for me to share all of my new favorite places. If you plan to take a trip to the Ne...

June 12, 2018

Dear Blog, 

I did not post a review of my fourth month in photos and it is almost the end of my fifth month...

With the end of school visits, synthesizing all my data into a final thesis, and a ton of visits from amazing friends, I am just now reflecting on the whirlwind...

May 21, 2018

With summer right around the corner, you are probably wondering what books to pick up to take to the beach. Look no further! Reminiscent of childhood nights spent using a book light to illuminate pages of Nancy Drew’s most recent adventures, here are some reads that ke...

May 14, 2018

Prior to moving to the Netherlands, I tapped into the Fulbright network and emailed everyone asking for tips about the transition to Dutch living. My underlying hope was that I would also make some friends. A handful of people sent me pragmatic lengthy emails filled wi...

May 7, 2018

She slaps a sanitary napkin on the whiteboard and takes out a vile of fake blood. Pouring the blood onto the absorpt cloth, she looks out at the class waiting for them to react.

“Miss, Why? Why? Why would you do that?” one boy shrieks. Other students pull their chairs u...

April 30, 2018

This blog entry is dedicated to my third month researching in The Netherlands, all the amazing people who came to visit for their Holland Days, and to some hockey shenanigans in Barcelona. You can put away your reading glasses and tissues (if you want to cry read this...

April 23, 2018

Let's get gay married!

Ok, where do we begin? First, is it legal?

Until June 26, 2015, and the overturning of DOMA, gay marriage was legally banned in thirteen states. Then, of course, there is the question of who is going to propose. Are both partners getting rings? Do...

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