Worry Less and Celebrate More

Guest Article written by Skye Rutherford Carthage College “So where is your friend?” my talkative neighbor asks as I try to get a bite of the nasi ayam his wife has generously placed before me. I lower my handful of rice and reluctantly divulge my roommate’s whereabouts, knowing what’s about to come, “She’s on a … Continue reading Worry Less and Celebrate More

The Highs and Lows

Guest article by Dominique Martinez St. Edward's University I applied for an ETA grant in hopes of further self-discovery and intensive immersion in a completely foreign culture. Now how great does that sound? Sign me up right? Six months into the grant, I’m coming to learn that, like living anywhere, time in Malaysia is a … Continue reading The Highs and Lows

Where the Doors Stay Open

Guest Article by Shayna CitrenbaumPomona College Raya (Eid al-Fitr) is like this: the eighth house of the day all in pink and the whole family matching, pink and shiny, my student with the kind eyes saying “pow pow” and me supplying the word “fireworks,” hearing tambah lagi tambah lagi and Meg's giggle over how much … Continue reading Where the Doors Stay Open

Berbuka Puasa – Breaking the Fast

Guest Article by Alex Clavering College of the Holy Cross ETA Alex Clavering, his family, and a teacher's family celebrating Hari Raya My alarm clock rang incessantly. It was just after 5:00 in the morning. Soon I would hear the echo of the mosque as it beckoned for the call to prayer outside of my … Continue reading Berbuka Puasa – Breaking the Fast