View From Here

Tue, Oct 30, 2012, 8:08pm
“Do you understand the rules?” “Yes.” “Do you know the safety word?” “Yes.” “Do you have any previous medical conditions, such as epilepsy or other seizure disorders?” “… no.” “Then stand here, arms by your sides, and don’t move.”
Wed, Oct 10, 2012, 11:45pm
My second day in Jordan’s capital city, Amman, I sat with other students on white plastic chairs in the courtyard of the Columbia University Middle East Research Center, surveying the slow trickle of potential mentors who were all late to arrive.
Wed, Oct 3, 2012, 11:52pm
There’s a joke among thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail: While you’re on the trail, all you want is off, but once you’re off, all you think about is getting back on.
Thu, Sep 27, 2012, 1:43am
This past summer, I was bat mitzvahed on a mountaintop at dawn.
Thu, Sep 20, 2012, 1:21am
I thought I would get an internship: one that looked good on a résumé, one that paid well. None of the plans I had made in my head involved strapping on a fanny pack every morning and selling beads for nine hours. Bees? No, beads.
Thu, Sep 13, 2012, 12:24am
Until this summer, I had never operated a standard commercial motor vehicle. I was scared to death of driving. Some see the driver’s seat as a gateway to freedom and independence, but I only ever saw an adjustable, plush, polyester-covered ticket to the afterlife.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012, 1:05am
I was almost positive that I was going to Howard for a semester when I heard about Columbia’s domestic exchange program in fall of 2009. Then I went to the info session and heard about Spelman, and my thoughts changed.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012, 11:54pm
“So where are you from?” During orientation week, this became the inevitable question that I dreaded. How could I meet it with anything but a pained smile, when my story is almost impossible to explain?
Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 11:30pm
The blue Real Estate One sign stuck out of the rocks on the shore. The dock had rotted years before, and zebra mussels, an invasive species that looks like striped pistachios, populated the shallows. The house itself, protected from view, needed repairs.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012, 12:15am
I have been an Anglophile for as long as I can remember, so when the opportunity arose for me to study English at Oxford, I was fully committed to becoming an expatriate.