My Capstone Project

For my Capstone, I decided to study access to healthcare in Peru. While I have been at FSU, I have grown a strong interest in learning about how people access healthcare and what barriers or facilitators they encounter while doing so. I spent five weeks this summer in Cusco, Peru, volunteering at a shelter forContinue reading “My Capstone Project”

Summary of My Capstone

For my capstone, my interest was how caseworkers approach helping refugees. Refugees often arrive at their resettlement location with trauma and a complicated past. Therefore, it is essential that caseworkers take certain measures to help refugees based on their unique situation. This Summer, I interned at the International Rescue Committee, where I learned extensively aboutContinue reading “Summary of My Capstone”

Solidarity at Horizons at Norwood

Within the Horizons community at Norwood, “solidarity” is seen as us (the volunteers, teachers, site directors, teacher assistants, and program assistant) providing the students with a safe place to spend their summer while also improving on their academic skills. Through the actions we do like helping kids in class or just talking with them andContinue reading “Solidarity at Horizons at Norwood”

A Story that Resonates with Me

A Story that Resonates with me: Recently, I came across a new story on the Ukrainian crisis in the news. This Summer, I worked at the International Rescue Committee and happened to organize many of the efforts related to Ukraine at the office. I worked closely with IRC Tallahassee’s one and only Ukrainian client andContinue reading “A Story that Resonates with Me”

Farewell to My Project!

My experience in Cusco was amazing. While I did encounter several difficulties, from sickness to language struggles, and just being homesick, I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to experience a different culture. I visited places that I have always wanted to travel to, including Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, and I exploredContinue reading “Farewell to My Project!”

The Spaces I Inhabit in Cusco

While I was in Cusco, there were a couple of main spaces that I would inhabit daily. The first space would be the city center, mainly including the area around the Plaza de Armas. This is a big square with lots of restaurants and shops. During the month of June, there were parades around theContinue reading “The Spaces I Inhabit in Cusco”

The Cultural Environment in Cusco

I am now home from my experience in Cusco, and I have had some time to reflect on the cultural environment and the community there. I think that I did have some culture shock when I first arrived, but over time I became more accustomed to the way of life there. Probably the biggest changeContinue reading “The Cultural Environment in Cusco”

A Recent Story that Resonates with Me

A new story that caught my eye recently was one from the New York Times about a Fentanyl dispensary in Vancouver. I work on a public health project called Overdose Data to Action, and through this project I have learned a lot about harm reduction strategies. These are initiatives that are actually proven to reduceContinue reading “A Recent Story that Resonates with Me”

The Spaces I Inhabit

During my time at the International Rescue Committee in Tallahassee, I discovered more of Tallahassee than I ever had before. My first experience branching out past my usually inhabited space was when I first arrived at IRC Tallahassee’s location. I was shocked that it was so close to places I go, yet much farther thanContinue reading “The Spaces I Inhabit”

A Farewell to the International Rescue Committee

As my internship at the International Rescue Committee comes to an end, I am sad to bid it farewell. This summer, I have learned more about refugees and the U.S. government than I would have ever known had I not worked at the IRC. This internship has given me a new appreciation for the caseworkersContinue reading “A Farewell to the International Rescue Committee”