Monthly Archives: July 2013

You Are Welcome Again in Rwanda

It’s been an honor to spend the summer in the Singapore of Africa.  I used to be a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda from 2009-2011.  Two years later, I am back as an intern at USAID.  Besides some slight improvements … Continue reading

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The Fastest Improving State by 2015

Only 27% of Tennessee students scored at or above proficient on the 2011 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). The annual “Quality Counts” rankings placed Tennessee 42nd nationally for K-12 achievement. Tennessee hosts some of the worst schools in the … Continue reading

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Cooking Up Behavior Change

That’s exactly what I am trying to do this summer as a Research Associate for Duke’s TRAction Project – a USAID funded project led by Sanford Profs Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland. About half of the global population depends on … Continue reading

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Reflections Near the End

I’m being told to dance on the subway. My colleague points her iphone at me, smiles and then repeats the request. My mind flickers back to when she first announced to us that we were going to enter in the … Continue reading

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Just do it!

I’m a public policy student working at one of the most successful and prestigious companies in the world for the summer – Nike.  Is this strange?  Nope.  After spending several years working in international development with donors and NGOs, I’ve … Continue reading

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Summer of Brotherly Love

It may sound strange, but I moved to North Carolina so I could move back to Philadelphia. I settled in South Philly in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the city. I came to Duke so that I could … Continue reading

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Happy one month Delhi-versary!

In the heat, monsoon, and busy traffic, it’s hard to believe that it has already been one month since I began my summer in New Delhi. My first week here was a chaotic mix of overstimulation – the heat, the … Continue reading

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