613: Thoughts

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613: Thoughts
613: Thoughts is a chronicle of my thoughts. Currently, I live in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where I am learning Swahili and teaching high school English at Haven of Peace Academy.
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  • Failing and Being a Failure 1 month ago When I stop long enough to be even a little bit introspective, it doesn’t take me long to realize that I have a deeply ingrained fear of failure. Classes at IU start in just one week and I’m terrified. I’m not afraid of learning. I’m afraid to fail. Afraid I can’t focus or study or......
  • Summer! 1 month ago Summer has always been my favorite season–its part of the reason why I loved Dar es Salaam, the land of endless summer! I love warm weather, sunshine, pools, oceans, and being outside. In Indiana, thanks to daylight savings time, summer also means that it is light from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.,...
  • "Home" 2 months ago The night before leaving Tanzania, some of my dearest friends put this song on repeat and we sang it together at least six times. Though I was fighting back tears then, I had no idea how much I would miss those brothers and the friendships and family I made during my four years in Tanzania.... Read...
  • Street Harassment 3 months ago “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou “Hey baby, I love you.” It would be cute, sweet even, if the speaker was my boyfriend. But when it is a stranger on the street, it is not sweet. It......
  • Life in Community 3 months ago One of the most incredible things about life here in Dar, more incredible even than the beach, ocean, and glorious sunshine, is life in community. There is something about life here that draws people together–even people who, in other contexts, might never be friends. I’ll readily admit that,...

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