Trying not to “go, go, go!”

We are around a week away from beginning our Mississippi adventure! While I’m excited for the new experiences and new people I will meet, I’m also fairly nervous. Mississippi’s demographics are distinct from  the Midwest. The racial makeup is different, yes, but there are many cultural differences that I will need to adjust to also.…

The Crossroads

  Culture Shock: The reaction which follows from not being able to remedy or relate your cultural views to another culture is my definition of this phenomenon.  As I prepare to depart to work in communities in Mississippi and to backpack the world alone, as a Bonderman fellow, culture shock is at the forefront of my…

Adjusting to the Heat

The morning we arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, the military instituted martial law. The day we arrived in Hat Yai, there was a military coup. Sunset view from the 5th floor over HatYai, Thailand Interestingly enough, this is not the first, nor the second or third coup in recent Thai history. Which might explain why our…

Research Culture Shock (Monday, 3/3/14)

It seems like ages ago since our motley crew first set out for South Texas, and yet, we have only concluded our first day here. From the little I have seen of the area, it is quite different from my imagination. Driving on the vast, multi-lane freeways, I see stretches of farmland sprawling between McAllen…