Last year, at Stony Brook University’s commencement, Billy Joel said “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” I was brought up to value people, time, and experiences. Abundance comes from the riches of the heart, not money. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 1 in 5 adults… Continue reading Happiness (Reasons why I study Public Health)
There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. - Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner I am drained. I cannot keep up… Continue reading Pray.
On the 45th birthday of my Motherland, it pains me to write of such sadness. My heart aches. It has been for the past few days. I am a female. I have a mother, a sister, a friend. And then there was Tonu, in Bangladesh, who was only 3 years younger than me. There were… Continue reading Justice for Tonu & All Women in Bangladesh
-Nayyirah Waheed we live in a society that benefits from our self-doubt. a society where loving oneself is a rebellious act. it has been my biggest revolution yet, and i still haven't won. loving oneself is a practice. thus, "farzanaism"--the practice of being myself. ❤️loveyourselfeveryday Much love, FK.
“never trust anyone who says they do not see color. this means to them, you are invisible.” ― Nayyirah Waheed Have you ever thought of (or experienced).... being harassed by a male supervisor but not having enough agency to stand up for yourself when a stranger winks and follows you asking "Hey...Habla en Espanol?" -… Continue reading not invisible
*(for my sisters & my fellow womyn)*
Paris. Beirut. Baghdad. And for all the innocent lives lost every day that we fail to acknowledge. (poetry by Somali-British writer/poet, Warsan Shire)
Why am I studying public health? I find racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and child health, the risk factors associated with them, and the role of the life course perspective often difficult to fathom. An article by Geronimus suggests that while the odds of Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) are significant… Continue reading Health of Minorities in the U.S. (Reasons why I study Public Health)
Lately, I’ve been so frustrated with this notion of “Adulting.” (By the way, according to Urban Dictionary, "adulting" means "Doing something grown-up and responsible.") Along with cooking for myself, I'm having a difficult time budgeting expenses. Yesterday, I was complaining to my Dad about how ridiculous it is that neither he nor my Mom taught… Continue reading on budgeting and contended mind