How Do I File My Taxes!?!?!?!?

If you’re a graduate student, a Fulbrighter, a BAEF fellow or the recipient of any other scholarship/fellowship in a research based program and you don’t know sh** about taxes…this post is for you! *Please be aware that this post regards the 2016-2017 tax season. While the rules are unlikely to change, always confirm that you…

Home Sweet Home

Hey friends! I want to share a quick update about how I’m doing. I’ve been home in the U.S. for ~2 weeks and it’s wonderful to be home. Due to bad weather I had to reschedule my flight back to Belgium twice which afforded me a few extra days at home. I’ve felt deeply saddened by…

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…

Some people are confused about what I’m doing

Today someone asked me “is it required for you to do a year abroad before your Ph.D.?” and I answered “No.” Then I thought to myself, that’s a great idea, and said “it should be!” When people (here in Belgium) realize that I’m not officially a Ph.D. student, but I have my Master’s degree, and…

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…

Underground Cyphers, Dancehall, Afrobeats, and More!

If you’re looking for an underground hip/hop dance scene with good vibes and/or afrobeats/dancehall connection, follow @freestyle.o and @bombasticparty on Instagram. There’s a dancehall party in Brussels, very close to Gare Centrale (usually the first weekend of every month) that is a straight movie. It was packed from wall to wall from 1:00 am –…

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…

FAQs about being Black in Belgium

Abridged Answers “How is Europe treating you? Are people super racist?” Y’all…this ain’t nothing new. I’m a scientist with an advanced degree and a Black woman.    adsaf America has racism too and there’s nothing particularly exacerbated by my moving to Europe.   adsaf No, I haven’t experienced racism here. adsaf Mmmmmmm…well Milan was kind of…

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…