ahh c'est moi ! On the Université de Bordeaux website! Doing science!
My wonderful new boss interviewed me for a short profile dedicated to international students at UBx. and she still hired me even after I cried in her office talking about my experience... Read the full article by clinking here or on the photo above!
Now, can somebody just fully fund my research forever s'il vous plaît ?
In all seriousness, I feel very honored to be included among the other students and researchers profiled at the University of Bordeaux after completing my Masters (and graduating with honors!). I'm especially excited to start helping advance the partnership between the University of Bordeaux & the University of Cincinnati! There are great things in the works for future international students of biology and life sciences.
But research has not been an easy (nor accessible) path to take while living with chronic illness. There are both literal and figurative barriers that prevent disabled students from becoming scientific researchers.
I moved to Bordeaux with a suitcase full of clothes and a backpack full of pills. I was permitted by my parents’ insurance to take only a 3-month supply of medication. The plan was simply for me to get on that plane and figure it all out as I went along.
Traveling on a graduate student budget means staying in the low(est) cost hostels. I’m often sharing bunk-beds, showers, toilets, and meals with people I don’t know, from countries I’ve never been to, using languages I can’t speak. However, living with the ingrained combination of American Enthusiasm and Midwest Nice means that it’s impossible to meet a stranger. People think I’m joking when I tell them I went to high-school in a town literally called “Famersville”.