every grad program that focuses on international relations, global political economy or migration studies has some “national security” component. what does that even mean? and WHY is that important? this wave of neo-liberalism permeating our higher education is out of control. i do not want to learn how to develop solutions for  “unauthorized” migration. that just sounds stupid.


how do you inoculate yourself from the pain of rejection? immerse yourself in your truth. dive in. (my interpretation of a paraphrase from M.I.A interview)

Painfully human


Before I could attend Culture Shock’s 8th Annual East Coast Dance Concert, I had to wait for the S2 bus to get to Rock Creek Park. I had to ask one stranger which side of the road would take me to Carter Baron Amphitheater. Interestingly, the question spurred on a conversation about all the free jazz spots in the city. Over time more people showed up at the bus stop, all of whom seemed oblivious to each other’s presence. One gentleman abruptly sat right next to a woman saddled with shopping bags and began to stare intently in her eyes. After a few seconds of asphyxiating tension, the woman finally sighed a giant breath of relief and surrendered by placing her hand in his. It was then I realized these two  strangers  actually knew each other and were fighting. I had no idea. I mean, I caught the guy a few times staring in the woman’s direction, but I thought he was just another creeper.

After finding out the truth, I became in awe of their relationship. It was a great reminder that although relationships may be riddled with disappointments, pain and humiliation, the real beauty of being in a relationship is deciding to choose to forgive and love in spite of these faults. Although I am terrified of being in love, witnessing those kinds of moments makes the idea not so scary anymore. Actually, I think it makes me look forward to it.

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Slowing down.

My personal observations to follow later.


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According to a new immigration law recently passed  in Georgia, taxi cab drivers could be fined for transporting undocumented immigrants. Thus, every cab drive is expected to ask each passenger for proof of residency. That, my friends, is ridiculous. It is my understanding that Arizona has a similar law in place. When will the foolishness end? I’ll have more to say later. Work in the morning!