Latest Writings

The Past Five Years

If you get the Broadway reference in the title – you win! (the satisfaction of knowing that you are probably as big of a theater nerd as I am) Last month was the five year anniversary of receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and I realized it’s been almost 10 years since receiving … Read More The Past Five Years

Random Acts of Pastry

The holidays this year are already shaping up to be different than almost any I have experienced (with the exception of the year I spent living in South Korea). This is the first year my husband and I will be spending the holidays together at our home, at least for Thanksgiving. Our families live near … Read More Random Acts of Pastry

Refocus. Recharge. Re-brand.

I think I went over a year without writing anything in this space. If you’re new here, welcome. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over the past year, I got married, accepted a new job, entered a new decade of my life, and like the rest of the world, ended up locked in … Read More Refocus. Recharge. Re-brand.


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Previous Writings

When Progress Isn’t Pretty

I know, the photo is blurry. But it was taken while my best friend was laughing uncontrollably in a quiet coffee shop near my apartment just over one year ago. Chelsea and I met almost every week for a year to work on our dissertation projects and other graduate school work (I was enrolled in … Read More When Progress Isn’t Pretty

Because I Am a First-Gen

What the heck is a first-gen??? That was the first thought that went through my mind as I sat in the office of the Director of Graduate Studies for my department.

Tracing My Steps

  While everyone is figuring out creative ways to engage in timeless holiday traditions, I am already pondering new opportunities. As I bake cookies and pie with my mom, two-stepping to holiday music around the kitchen, I am simultaneously thinking about how far I have come this year, and how many more opportunities are still … Read More Tracing My Steps

A day in my Senegalese life

After being here for almost a month, I realize that I have not talked much about my host family or what my experience living in Dakar has been like this year. The Baobab Center (or ACI, as many people now refer to it) arranged my homestay, just like WARC did for me last January. I … Read More A day in my Senegalese life

A Weekend in Saint Louis/Ndar: Advice on getting there, getting back, and a few things in between

This past weekend, my friends and I went to Saint Louis/Ndar in the northern part of Senegal to escape the hustle and bustle of Dakar. Saint Louis is also where Younnouss Seye, the artist I am looking for as part of my research, was born.  I heard lots of good things about Ndar: a coastal … Read More A Weekend in Saint Louis/Ndar: Advice on getting there, getting back, and a few things in between

Laundry with a Spiral Staircase

I did my first load of laundry in my homestay today. According to the terms of my homestay for the Baobab Center, I am supposed to have laundry service once per week in my household. After a few confusing conversations with yaay, I still do not know which day the household does their laundry. Whoops. … Read More Laundry with a Spiral Staircase


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