That small book…

That small book held in her leather fingers, flaking paper weighted with verses written with smoother skin. Could she have imagined how far they both would travel? Performing before a camera, light glancing her cheek, before the ocean Advertisements

Magical Med Students

“You all are so _________, after all, you got into medical school.” You can fill in the blank with any combination of: hard-working, dedicated, smart, compassionate, well rounded. I’ve heard that sentence countless times from my lecturers since starting medical school and I’ve decided I don’t like it. These statements make me feel uncomfortable because…

A Personal Fiction

I sat there, daydreaming. My mind conflicted between the comfort of the hot chocolate and the sterility of the café. Staring out the window from inside a clean white box, like someone inside a television set looking out at the real world. Two lovers kiss on the cobblestones. They are posing for photographs. Perhaps to…

The Role of Students in Development

I’ve been busy. That is the easiest way to explain why it took me until the end of my internship to describe what I’m actually doing here. But the more honest answer is that I am reluctant. Even a brief mention of my “internship abroad” leads to a gush of compliments.  Sentiments of sacrifice, helping…

Oh Togo

Oh Togo, how do I describe thee? Dilapidated euro-chic… your perfect highway asymmetrically flanked by crumbling colonial memories and football-speckled beaches. But the ghosts of France live beyond their traditional restraints. I can see them escaping in the breath of ubiquitous smokers. They feed me baguettes sold on street corners, sweet yogurt for breakfast, and…

Defining Moments

Joy: Full-bodied, full-spirited wrestling on a grassy knoll overlooking the beach. Laying on your back panting at the sky after agreeing to a draw. Noticing your shorts are completely dirty because, well, you played in the dirt. Simplicity: Standing naked with a bucket of water. Helplessness: Knowing nothing you do will make the sick, softly crying baby feel better in…