Haiti and Hurricane Matthew: My Experience and How You Can Help

In the short distance of tarmac from the plane to customs, I looked out the the bus window at pallets stacked high with USAID boxes, organized in rows between CH-53e helicopters. The early morning sunlight glinted off the taut saran wrap. This is what I will forever remember as the moment Hurricane Matthew’s impact became … Continue reading Haiti and Hurricane Matthew: My Experience and How You Can Help

That Time I Attended a Dominican Wedding

When I accepted the opportunity to work in the Dominican Republic, I agreed to missing out on everything that would happen back home for a year. I was well aware this was part of the international and immersive experience I was looking for. But it really didn’t phase me until I had to RSVP “no” … Continue reading That Time I Attended a Dominican Wedding

Parakeets, Spanish, and Host Family: My First Month in the DR

It’s crazy to think that I’ve already been in the Dominican Republic for over a month. As quickly as this month has passed, it’s difficult to demonstrate the progress and transformation that comes with it. But if there’s just one way to sum up my adjustment so far, I think it’s with a small glimpse … Continue reading Parakeets, Spanish, and Host Family: My First Month in the DR

The Next Experience: A Big Announcement

For a short while, now, I’ve been sitting on some big news and struggling with how to properly share it. With blogging, or anything else really, I never want to sound narcissistic, pompous, or full of myself. But after starting and restarting several attempts, I decided to stick with the old band aid approach. So … Continue reading The Next Experience: A Big Announcement

My Lowest Moment: How I Betrayed my Grandparents

This last summer I smoked my first cigarette. It came at a time that I consider the lowest point of my young life as of yet. Now, I’ve smoked cigars and cigarillos in celebratory and social circumstances. But my appreciation for a cigar differs greatly from my condemnation of cigarettes. I recognized the health risks … Continue reading My Lowest Moment: How I Betrayed my Grandparents

Ends of the Earth: My Recent Struggle with Wanderlust

I have always connected life-changing experiences with music. Many of my favorite songs and artists correspond with specific memories of major events in my life. You may have noticed this if you’ve perused some of my other posts. I do this -- and I’m sure you probably do to some degree as well -- to … Continue reading Ends of the Earth: My Recent Struggle with Wanderlust

Home is Wherever I’m with You

I can't quite fathom the fact that this past week marked one month since I arrived in Costa Rica. I can't begin to express how much I have learned and grown in this last month, nor can I put to words the beauty I have encountered on my travels so far. But, in the very … Continue reading Home is Wherever I’m with You