Fearing Homogenuity

Fearing Homogenuity

When I was 19, I prepared for my first big trip abroad, to study abroad in France. For me, it was the chance to finally see the world. I’d traveled abroad before – a few times, in fact, but mostly to the same place, India. Europe, then, was a great...
Was Grad School Worth It?

Was Grad School Worth It?

I’m sitting at a cafe at Columbia University. An Ivy League school, though the ivy tower seems far less impressive from the inside than the outside. Part of that is the reality of it not actually being that special, but part of it is also us students taking the...

Exile vs Traveling

I’m just about to finish reading Aminatta Forna’s book, The Devil that Danced on the Water. The book traced the author’s memories and search for truth about her father, who was killed in a shame trial in their homeland of Sierra Leone. For three...

Model Minorities and Expectations

I was asked to write this for a project someone asked me to contribute to – to help prepare minority youth to deal with racism and ignorance in their lives, especially as they grow older. It was written very quickly. Please let me know what you think…it...
Life, Though a Book

Life, Though a Book

I scanned the entire bookshelf of the library at Birch Coffee, a true New York City gem. The sign clearly said, “Take a Book, Leave a Book, or just Take a Book.” I didn’t have a book to leave – though I was certain to bring one when I returned – but I...

Planting Seeds for the Soul

When you visit places where great suffering has happened, your soul aches. I felt that a year ago when I was in Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp just outside of Munich with two good friends. The place is solemn, and horrific. Over 40,000 people died here, which is,...