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 … Continue reading I’m Bi: A follow-up
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 … Continue reading What It’s Like to Work for an NGO
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 … Continue reading Going Abroad with Anxiety
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 … Continue reading Does Language Immersion Work?
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 … Continue reading What It’s Like to Live with a Host Mom