Hi there, and welcome to my blog!
If you don’t know me, I’m a veterinary student (class of 2017) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
This summer, I am lucky enough to be spending 10 weeks in Nyagatare, Rwanda, funded by the Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Expanding Horizons Program at Cornell, in conjunction with the Silent Heroes Foundation. A whole lot of people have helped me get to where I am now, and I hope to highlight them over the course of this blog-writing adventure.
So, what am I going to be doing in Rwanda, anyway?
As the title not-so-subtly implies, there will be monkeys (specifically: Papio anubis [olive baboons]) and there will be poo (specifically: fecal samples that I gather for laboratory analysis). I’m interested in finding out what kinds of parasites these monkeys are carrying, and whether any of them pose human health risks. It’s going to be a pretty crappy summer, in the best way possible!
Besides that, I am also hoping to learn as much as I can about the people, history, and culture of Rwanda, and to do some traveling when I’m not working. At the end of my project, I will be spending 7 days hitting all of the major tourist destinations (Parc National des Volcans, Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Akagera National Park, Lake Kivu, and others) with my parents.
In this blog you can expect pictures, stories, and reflections on my experiences in Rwanda as well as my previous travels.
My goal in life is to be able to combine all of the things I love (biology, animals, medicine, culture, and travel) into an actual job that someone will pay me to do. I’m not sure exactly where that will take me down the road, but for now I’m happy to just enjoy the ride.