I’m Bi: A follow-up

Okay,  let me admit that I’ve written and rewritten this post countless times in the last few weeks. As you (hopefully) know, I came out as bisexual  on here exactly a year ago, and it felt like the right move to write a follow-up–partly to confirm that yes, I still identify as bi (suck it, bisexuality…

What It’s Like to Work for an NGO

I roll out of bed around 8:15–or 8:30, or 8:45, as the case may be. I get dressed, put some amount of makeup on, and schlep to the 2 or 3 train station–whichever one Google Maps tells me has a shorter wait. I try and guess which car will have less people so I can…

Going Abroad with Anxiety

Students with a history of emotional disorders are advised to consider carefully joining the [program]. Such challenges are inevitably aggravated by the new demands and personal responsibilities of a foreign setting… Recent withdrawals from the Program for psychological reasons including breakdowns and panic attacks, attest to the fact that failure to heed this warning may…

Does Language Immersion Work?

When I was a junior in high school, a former student visited my Spanish class to talk about his study abroad experience in Spain. He hadn’t taken a Spanish class or spoken the language in two years by the time he decided to go. He’d essentially lost any proficiency in Spanish his high school classes…

What It’s Like to Live with a Host Mom

In order to know what it was like to spend almost five months sharing an apartment with a woman who makes a living taking care of foreign twentysomethings a semester at a time, you need to know a little about my host mom, Pilar. Like a lot of the madres that worked with my program, Pilar is…