The Cure for Graduate School Blues

Every winter around this time I start to fall into the graduate school doldrums.  I find myself lethargically moving through the motions of going to school, turning in assignments, and working. Stress becomes my constant mood and I begin to forget why I want to be in public health.  I forget what made me passionate…

The Big Stuff

  They say that everything is bigger in Texas. The food, the hair, the hats, even the animals in Texas are supposedly bigger. More important than any of that, Texas seems to have big health inequalities. Throughout the past few weeks while I have been preparing to travel to Texas with my class I have…

A New Experience

As I sit in the airport preparing for our journey to Grenada, my mind is racing and it’s starting to sink in that in a few short hours, I’ll be in another country getting ready to do applied public health work. This coming week, I will be working with two other students with the Grenada…

On To Grenada!!

As we prepare to leave for our trip, I realize how fast the time has flown by. Already, are departure approaches and as snow falls down in thick sheets, it’s hard to imagine that in just a few days time, we will be on the island of Grenada. Working on survey development with Grenada Planned…

Grenada: The Prefield Experience

“Ugh, this snow is horrible! What is wrong with Michigan these past couple days? You must be so excited to be going to Grenada!” This has been a comment I have heard quite often as spring break creeps closer and closer. Am I excited? Most definitely! But I also cannot deny that the excitement is…

The Perfect Balance

As another snowstorm blows through Michigan, I go to my closet and fish out the snow boots I prematurely (optimistically!) put away a few weeks ago. Winter has played tricks on us this year, vacillating between deceivingly warm days that make you think, “Spring came early!” and harsh, windy days that jolt you back to…

Here we go!

Here we go! When planning for spring break, I normally wouldn’t think of Texas, public health, or working, maybe Spanish, but definitely not border-health. However, all of these terms, ideas, and actions will be coming together for this year’s spring break, and I couldn’t be more eager. Since mid January when the semester began, we’ve…

Wastewater: Resource or Plague?

(version en Español) It’s one thing to watch a scientific presentation about untreated wastewater from Mexico City, which is used to irrigate crops in a 400-square-mile valley north of the city. It’s another to stand beside a canal in that valley and inhale the stench of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater as they gush…