I was a Brueggeman Fellow in 2007-2008, and graduated from Xavier University in 2009 with an honors degree in English and minors in Natural Science and Spanish. While at Xavier, I was active in the Student Government Association and the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team. I am from Toledo, Ohio, and currently live in New York City.
In the summer of 2008, I traveled to Nepal to witness the country transition from the world’s last Hindu monarchy into a secular democracy after a devastating decade-long war. My research included interviews with politicians, journalists, and historians. I took language lessons in Kathmandu, watched the city grind to a halt after street riots and “bandhs” (strikes) and got soaked in more than one monsoon. I spent time in the Terai, a rural region hard-hit by Maoist forces, and gained insight on the distribution of resources between the capital, Kathmandu, and the rest of the country. I traveled with a team of ophthalmologists who diagnosed and treated cataracts in the remote villages in southeastern Nepal. Through Xavier mathematics professor Dr. Joshi, I spent a few days at a school where his brother is the principal. My trip ended with a week-long trek through the Himalayas. Much of my research was incorporated into my senior thesis paper, which focused on the role of narrative fiction in democratic revolutions.
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After graduation, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where I worked for the Taxi Workers Alliance, a union for yellow cab drivers in New York City. Many of the drivers were from Nepal, and it was so nice to chat with them in my toddler-level Nepali. After JVC, I worked for the Lebanese American University, and now I work for the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit that specializes in international higher education exchange.