I turned twenty in Madurai about two weeks ago, and I mourned a little bit. I’m on the younger side of my group of friends, so when I watched them turn twenty, I couldn’t help but think, “God, that sounds so old. I don’t want to turn twenty.” In my mind, twenty just seems so […]

We’ve spent a lot time calling patients the past few weeks, and we finally finished on Thursday. It’s been an interesting experience, to say the least. A lot of the phones are switched off, we get a lot of wrong numbers, and a good amount of the time there’s just no response. Sometimes people hang […]

Hi Everyone! My first two weeks in India have been wonderful! We’re in the middle of data collection for the main study of our project, which involves lots of patient phone calls with varying successes. Sometimes, our poor translator even gets scolded by angry wives, but we’re moving forward! The three of us have discovered […]

After more than a twenty-four hours of planes and layovers, I’m finally in Madurai with Gaby and Diana! Thanks to Aparna and Professor Kapur for some serious finagling with the consulate. My first impression of Madurai is a city atmosphere with all the noise and bustle but without the infrastructure. There are no towering skyscrapers, […]

Hi All! So, I’m the only CASI intern still in the US. Visa issues have not worked out as well as I would have liked, but hopefully I’ll get to leave next week. I haven’t had the greatest luck with consulates in the past, but Aparna and Professor Kapur have assured me that it’ll work […]

Hi Everyone! My name is Doreen Chang, and I am going to be a junior in the College studying Biology and Economics. I just returned from a short vacation with my best friend in Puerto Rico. After some trips to the police station to help with someone’s stolen bag, forty mosquito bites because bug spray […]