Machu Picchu at dawn. One of the happiest days of my life (Spring 2007).  

Machu Picchu at dawn. One of the happiest days of my life (Spring 2007).  

About me

The Academic overview

UNDERGRAD

  • University of Oregon
  • Majors: Sociology and Comparative Literature
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Study abroad: Chile
  • Work: tutor, blogger, tour guide, paid intern
  • Volunteering: medical interpreter, humanitarian aid worker, youth book club

MASTERS (PART 1)

  • University of Oregon  
  • Master's of Arts in Conflict and Dispute Resolution  
  • Thesis "Consequences of the American Dream: Structural Violence and Honduran Migration to the United States"  
  • Work: Graduate Teaching Fellow
  • Research travel: Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico

MASTERS (PART 2)

  • National University of Ireland, Galway  
  • Cross-border semester at Queen's University in Belfast
  • Master's of Law in International Human Rights Law
  • Thesis: "Rights on the Edge: Human Rights Violations in the US-Mexico Border Zone"  
  • Mitchell Scholar

As I mention in the "Master's (Part 2)" section, I am a Mitchell Scholar. The scholarship provides full funding for a one-year Master's degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland on a topic of your choice. I was deeply honored to be chosen as a Scholar, and my year of study at Queen's and NUIG was a fabulous experience.

Where am I now?

I am currently living in Dublin, Ireland and working as a copywriter, researcher, and freelance journalist. I’m enjoying life in Dublin from the arts scene to the pubs. I'm busy taking advantage of the music scene and the gorgeous countryside, as well as zooming off to other parts of Europe as often as possible.

Interests

I am a child of the suburbs, and as such am grateful every time I step out into some new and unknown place. Since leaving my hometown I have become a world traveler as much as I can be, traveling (usually alone) around Central and South America and, more recently, Europe. I love discovering new places, meeting new people, and seeking out the best hot chocolate a town has to offer (the best in the world, so far, was encountered at Cafe la Luna in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Almost worth the trip just for that). I read all the time, from Barbara Kingsolver to Bill Bryson and Isabelle Allende. I believe the places we love and the stories we tell make a huge difference in who we are. I have been lucky to have the chance to pursue my passions in so many different directions: through educational travel as well as meeting people close to home. I love learning new things, and in the past few years have gotten the basics of basket weaving (how's that for a liberal arts stereotype?), yarn spinning, rock climbing, book binding, flint knapping, and weaving. Note: I am not particularly skilled at any of these things.

Now that I'm no longer a student, I'm finding new ways of building community and pursuing my interests. There's so much to do and such an interesting world to explore. I've been lucky so far in my life that my academic and professional interests have allowed me to travel and learn and meet fascinating people. Here's hoping that the next phase of my life leads to more!


A couple of quick notes 

  1. This blog is mainly written for students attending universities in the United States. However, the ideas should apply more broadly around the world.  I would be interested to get feedback from non-US readers.
  2. My college experiences led to considerable ideological changes in my life. I'll inevitably be writing about some politically charged ideas, simply because of who I am and what I've experienced. I hope that any readers who disagree with my ideas can see some topics as universal, even if we might differ in political leanings.  
  3. A note on the photos: all photos used on this site are taken by me unless captioned otherwise, and I have sought out permission from anyone pictured.  

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