Latest posts from the Undergrad Research Blogs


“Ms. Lydia, David won’t leave me alone and he drew on my paper! Will you tell him to shut up?” “Ms. Lydia, can I use the bathroom?” “Ms. Lydia! Ms. Lydia! Cynnie’s on facebook and she’s texts and webcams all the time. You said I couldn’t do that, why can she?” While I tell David… Read more »

Preview: Living Accommodations

  MURAHO! (Hello! in Kinyarwanda) I’m still in Evanston, but I finally figured out my living accommodations for the next two months! For 400 USD a month, I get a room in a house where “everything is included (gardens, a housemaid that comes 3 times per week, internet, washing machine).” Here are some pictures!

Have books? DONATE!

I dropped by Borders today and discovered a clearance section with $1 classics. The cashier was very amused as I made trips back and forth with armfuls of books to price check. Every time he scanned a book and it showed up as $1, I’d jump up and down and say “Really? Are you serious?”… Read more »

On Education

Many people have asked me, “Why are you teaching English in Rwanda? What makes you think that the Rwandan people need to know English? What qualifications and what right do you have to take what you have learned here to teach students there?” My response to these questions has always come from an educational angle…. Read more »

I’m a Senior(???) and Preparation for Rwanda

As celebrations and farewell parties mark the end of my third year at Northwestern, travel vaccines and hours spent browsing (Kigali’s form of mark the beginning of an exciting upcoming three months that promise to be drastically different from any summer vacation I’ve ever had in my life. For one thing, this summer… Read more »

Intro to The World is a Book

I’ve been exploring and pushing boundaries since I was a child. My parents groan when they recall the difficult time they had rearing me: I never wanted to eat, never wanted to sleep, and was constantly in the midst of a new adventure – whether it involved falling out of a window in an attempt… Read more »