Work

For those of us lucky enough to find work, things are still less than perfect—in this section we discuss our adjustment to the professional sphere.

Notes From a Young Missionary

I had a lot of questions when I landed in Rio de Janeiro in the fall of 2013, alone and with no plan....

It Kinda Isn’t a Funny Story

  I'm the newbie. I recently started work at a psychiatric hospital, and what that means is - I only know what I'm doing about...

The In-Between Times

My life has been on hold for the last 7 months. Shortly before my graduation last May, I learned that I would receive a grant...

When A Fifth-Grader Calls You Nigger

Well. I guess it had to happen: I’m a black teacher in the Middle East and, if we’re being frank, the kids here have...

In Defense of Being Boring

I sat down at my desk, mug of steaming industrial-grade coffee placed by my keyboard. It’s 8:45am on yet another beautiful Tuesday morning. Too...

Feels Like Home to Me

When I was a teenager, I had a paper route. Now, in the movies, newspaper routes are generally portrayed in idyllic, Norman Rockwell-like terms: you...

Of Gifts and Getting By

A few weeks ago I had a bad day. It was my first day teaching a classroom of 30 spoiled and rowdy sixth-graders and...