I spent the month of January teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam. The decision to go to Vietnam wasn’t a spectacular revelation, nor was it a trip I planned on taking. Thailand’s bordering countries are Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Laos is a bit too untouched for me, Cambodia is a bit too underdeveloped for me and Myanmar is pretty new to the … Continue reading The Best Month of My Life was Spent with a Rat, Roosters and no Air-Con
After 32 hours of travel, three continents, four countries, five cities, two trains and one taxi I arrived in Philadelphia after accidentally spending three months in Southeast Asia. In three months time I traveled to eight cities in Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Pai, Phitsanulok and Kamphaeng Phet. And I spent one month teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. … Continue reading We’re All Headed to the Same Place
On Dec. 5, 2017 I set out on a trip to Thailand for two weeks. My itinerary was set up to do the typical Thailand circuit. I would fly into Bangkok, head north to Chiang Mai, then go south to the islands and get home right before Christmas. Well, it’s Feb. 25, 2018 and here I sit in Northern Thailand. I’ve been here much longer … Continue reading The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned After 2 Months in Thailand…
This is the first time in 17 years that the month of August is not filled with anticipation for a new academic year. It’s the first time I am not purchasing new pencils, new folders or new binders. It’s the first time I did not anxiously wait to receive my class schedule. It’s the first time I did not need to plan a first-day-of-class outfit. … Continue reading Now Everything Begins
When I received the email that I was chosen to intern for the Democratic National Convention I couldn’t contain my excitement. I felt that I was going to be part of something amazing. I would be part of pushing our country toward something so unbelievably progressive – our first female president. I also knew that I would play a part in stamping out one of the … Continue reading Will All the White Folks Please Stand Up?
I want to start by saying that 13TH by Ava Duvernay is an amazing documentary, but I mean, when it comes to Duvernay, the woman behind Selma, we don’t really expect anything less. The documentary starts out by explaining the 13th Amendment, which was the amendment that formally abolished slavery, but there was a loophole. The loophole said that if someone committed a crime, they could lose … Continue reading The 13TH Amendment
A lot of people would consider me confident. I am confident, but sometimes I feel small, weak and inferior. Often, when I ask for things from the people I love the most I feel the worst. I feel like a burden, I feel scared and I feel straight up undeserving. I used to blame these feelings on the unexplained phenomena that makes a person whose life is … Continue reading Discovering Your Worth