Saying Goodbye to the Valley

At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday I flew out of McAllen airport, leaving the Rio Grande Valley behind. It was definitely bittersweet. I was happy to be heading home, as I’ve been traveling for awhile, but my thoughts were still with the students and people I had met in the valley. Now I am back here,…

The Space and Time in Between

This week we have gone to the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg campus, a talk about Zika virus between US and Mexican scientists, South Padre Island, to an international bridge in Progreso, Texas, to the border town of Brownsville where the border is even fuzzier and there’s a fragmented wall. So we’ve essentially reached…

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…

Ready or not here we come!

I can’t believe we leave for Texas in one week! This semester has been such a whirlwind! I feel like I just applied to come on this trip and now here I am, two months and three midterms later, about to leave. And while I’ve spent the past few weeks preparing – researching the region,…

No Hablo Espanol

In undergrad I studied Biology and Anthropology, which had a big influence on my decision to go into public health. As I see it, public health is in the intersection of those two majors. Disease transmission, risk, and overall health are all influenced by cultural factors. Before trying to impose a public health intervention one…

…Next Stop: Rio Grande Valley, Texas

I am looking forward to visiting the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas next week for so many reasons. The last time I was in Texas, I stayed in Austin for a research conference. After a background search on the  Rio Grande valley, I am certain that my trip there will be completely different from my visit…

Relationships

The relationship between before a trip and after a trip is interesting. You want to think into the future, and think about what you will be like after a trip is over. You want to think about all of the things you have gained from the trip and how much you have changed, for the…