Sixteen saw a year-long study abroad in Germany and an infusion of relentless independence. Adolescent perception was kicked into overdrive and writing made a home in her bones. Ambition fueled a fiery story line after that.
There was a sustainable development internship in Germany, a federal internship at the Department of Defense in the District, and graduation from the UW-Oshkosh before 21. Fulbright took her to the Rhineland for a year and then, at 22, a Rotary scholarship sent her to Scotland. Twenty-three saw a Master of Letters from the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.
Each of those experiences was formative. Each was made more meaningful by what was written in the midst of living them. Now she is wholeheartedly living another: Mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and Assistant Lecturer at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig in Germany.
And were an epitaph to be my story
I’d have one ready for my own
I would have written of me on my stone
I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.