Monthly Archives: June 2015


If you made it to this post and were not turned off by the indecipherability of the title, you’re probably wondering what the heck it is. A neologism is what it is; which is to say, I coined it meself. Here’s a couple things on my mind as I tried to come up with a… Read more »

First Data Set!

I spent the last four days doing my first set of interviews. I interviewed a professor who researches hazing, a professor who researches gender violence and is organizing efforts and resources to help victims, several student feminists and a professor in charge of a project to revise the current policy at their University. Here’s a… Read more »

Reflections on Money and Womanhood

I think I have a tendency, at times, to focus too much on negative aspects of life, but of course this in and of itself is a negative self-judgment that involves ignoring the positive within myself. I bring this up because I will complain about several things in this post, a result of my promise… Read more »

First Day of Classes and Exploration

Right now, I am sitting in a four-story Starbucks in Bebek (a ritzy neighborhood close to the university) with an amazing view of the Bosphorus. The last time I posted was Thursday night, I believe, and now it is Sunday night. Much has happened since then! We had our first day of classes on Friday…. Read more »

Post Colonial Oasis

On this island I have learned to dragon boat race, how to eat fresh cashew fruit, mango and coconut properly.  I have experienced my heart rate spike while swerving down the PBR in a cramped Maxi Taxi and the taste of Trini gyros on the street at 4am.  I have learned to wine, lime and dine… Read more »

6.19 – Field Trip! Illinois Beach State Park

We went on a field trip today with the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students from the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum! We went to the beautiful Illinois Beach State Park, where we learned about the restoration of Cirsium pitcheri (Pitcher’s Thistle) on the dunes there.   Cirsium pitcheri, ~ 10 months old Yes,… Read more »

6.16- 6.17 – Wildwood Nature Center (Park Ridge, IL)

Our first sampling site! We laid two 50 m transects (lines marked with a large measuring tape) across the site, which we marked with GPS coordinates, and we looked at a plot every 5 meters along the transect. We picked a plot using a dice to randomly select whether it would be on the left or the… Read more »

First day – sort of

Today we had our placement exam in the morning. As we were taking the fifteen-minute walk from the dorms to South Campus, where classes are held, it began to rain. Of course I didn’t bring my umbrella. As I was packing, I thought to myself, I don’t need the extra weight! It hardly ever rains… Read more »

Moving in!

Today I moved into my dorm on the Boğaziçi University campus! I was up at 4:30am because of jet lag and couldn’t fall asleep again until 7:30am. Embarrassingly, my aunt had to wake me up at 12:15pm! Such is the life of an American spending her first few days in Istanbul. I got ready and… Read more »

One Nation

I have been on the Island of Trinidad for 3 days now. Since then my iPhone and whatsapp contacts have nearly doubled, my body has been severely deprived of electrolytes and I have half a dozen pages of field notes scribbled down in various places. Some people claim that I look Trini (Trinidadian) until I open… Read more »