Writer’s Block for a Scientist?

I have a blog post to write for the Fulbright Program. It reminds me that, other than writing poetry/spoken word, I (we) don’t really get opportunities to do creative/thoughtful /non-science writing as scientists unless we actively seek it.   I’ve been putting this off – because there’s no deadline lol. But writing is a craft…

I’m Featured! Fulbright Belgium YouTube

Hey, hey lovely people! I’m featured on Fulbright Belgium’s YouTube channel!! I had an opportunity to interview with them to discuss my experiences as a Fulbright research grantee. If you follow my blog/vlog, you’ll recognize some of the stories in my interview but I also touch on some new gems! Watch my interview with Fulbright Belgium…

I Love my Lab

One of my friends in lab brought me a gift from Lebanon. There is a large Lebanese community in Belgium, and two of my friends in lab have invited me to Lebanese events to learn more about their culture. The food is amazing and I learned a Dabke dance, a dope traditional lebanese dance. Fittingly,…

Pros and Cons of the Fulbright Program

Someone messaged me on Instagram today asking “How is the Fulbright program? I’m considering it. Pros, cons?” If you have a passion for traveling, living abroad, learning about and integrating yourself into a new culture, and a meaningful project that will benefit the world, yes, you should absolutely apply for a Fulbright. For those who…

Wait… how do you have TWO fellowships?

I get this question a lot: Wait… you have two fellowships? Are you paid by both? I didn’t know you could have both. Answer: Yup, I surely do. Yes, you surely can. Here’s a valuable life lesson I (re)learned at Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) 20th Annual  Graduate Research Conference in April 2017; ask for what…

Happy Thanksgiving!

In all 27 years of living, this is my very first Thanksgiving away from home. To be honest, I completely forgot today was Thanksgiving because I’m on a beach in freaking Spain #whatislife. I’m thankful for God’s timing. Every step along the way brought me to where I am now, doing exactly what I want…

What is Life?

Today I volunteered with Fulbright Belgium at the International Studies Fair at the Atomium. I met some cool peope, had great conversation, and shared many laughs. Moments like these remind me of how fortunate I am to be here. I’m living in Brussels – the capital of Europe – for one year, funded by 2…

Sleep Hygeine + Facebook Hiatus?

I was on Facebook a couple of days ago and saw a friend (who’s an M.D) mention “sleep hygeine” when another friend asked for advice about difficulty with sleeping. My Dr. friend asked a series of questions: – Do you stare at bright screens before bed? – Do you sleep with your phone – Your…

One of those days…

Disclaimer: everybody and they mama knows how much I love U of M #but Today I’m having one of those days of feeling tired of being black in white spaces. And the thought forcefully pops into my head…[what if you went to Hopkins or Georgetown or U of Houston or Princeton or Penn] … because…

Not a Great Day…

Sometimes I wish I had been a TAD bit more selective who I shared this blog with…because when I have “bad” days I want to blog about that too. And I have to censor the things that I say because… real life. But today, I’m making the executive decision to keep it 100 on this…