Graduate school should be a time of exploration, professional development and the development of new expertise. However, being in the same place for 24 months (e.g. a master's program), stuck in academia is not healthy! While it's easy to fall for the trap of staying still to finish the work, it is important that [...]
Social Class & Social Media: Why Everythang’ Ain’t What It Seems With Travel Posts
I travel a lot. As I took some time this morning to reflect on just how often I'm away from home, I found myself overcome with guilt and at one point grief: who died and said I deserve such a good life? I know I feel this way because as a woman and Black woman [...]
Out of My Comfort Zone: Four Days & Three Nights in Japan
I never had my sights set on exploring Japan until I spotted an unusually low $600 dollar non-stop round-trip ticket from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT). I knew that my next long weekend would be Labor Day, so I booked the ticket months in advance and downloaded Duolingo to learn some Japanese. I let [...]
Winging It in New Zealand
So, what is a graduate student supposed to do? I could give up the ticket (which was a steal at $250) or I could forego the usual travel luxuries and keep my total expenses for the trip (sans airfare) at $500....