The life lessons I learned during my 3 months working for a NGO hospital in rural India were small and simple–but these daily encounters were absolutely necessary for my personal and professional growth. I did not understand what “entitlement” meant before I left to work in India. In the beginning, I met the wealth of […]

One evening while getting water in the kitchen, I bumped into my host father who was busy making a salad of sliced cucumbers and beets with black salt—my favorite appetizer to dinner. “Carol.”, he said—which is how everyone in Kumaon pronounced Caro or Caroline– “You will live a very long life”. Expecting him to ask […]

On Walking Alone. “Do not walk alone.” In the weeks leading up to my departure to India, this phrase was seared into my brain. It was certainly not the first time I’ve heard it before. As a woman, and an inhabitant of West Philadelphia past 40th street, I hear this warning often–yet I rarely believe […]

Everybody knows Devrani–or the village “Cleopatra”. She finds a home in the company of any foreign intern who is gullible enough to give her attention. My attention came in the form of secret peanut butter biscuits each night after dinner and in return I received the little black dog’s faithful presence at my side twenty […]

I saw a Ted Talk on cold shower therapy last fall, in the depths of my junior year rut when I was searching for some little bit of enlightenment anywhere, even my bathroom. It is supposed to be good for discipline, self-control and strengthening the mind over body, etc. I tried it for a week […]