The Duality of a New Life in a Foreign Country

Leaving everything I’ve ever known to start a graduate program in a new country has been both challenging and rewarding. I’ve found myself busier than ever between writing papers, preparing presentations, joining a few professional societies, and adjusting...

Szia: Hello, Goodbye, and all things in between

Much like aloha, ciao, and shalom, the word szia has dual meanings. People use it colloquially as hello and goodbye. I’ve always been struck by words that can be used to say opposite ideas. To me, szia means “this will continue.” It’s not so much “hello or...

Hipsters might be onto something…

Confession: I am not hip. I’ve been told I act like a grandmother, but my grandmother takes offense to that statement because she is much more hip than I am. Every now and then I try to dive into pop culture to see what people are making a fuss about. Lately, it has...

The Power of the Pen

Your sword can be a sermon or the power of a pen. Tell every child to raise his voice and then my brothers then, will justice be demanded by 10 million righteous men? Make them hear you. – Ragtime I think about this line in the song “Make Them Hear You” from...

The Reward is Worth the Risk

Taking a chance can be nerve-wracking, especially if we are attempting something new that takes us out of our comfort zone. As worrisome as risk-taking might be, I’ve recently learned that the potential reward gained is worth the risk. I’ve been doing a lot of inner...

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