End of week 1 update

With the week being shortened, I found it difficult to make any major advances on the project. However, after speaking several times with Professor Heideman, I know have a better understanding of how to guide my initial literature search. Professor Heideman and I spent many discussion how to focus on a sub topic that could be defined as an LPU(least publishable unit).

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Blog Post 1

My time this week was mainly utilized for preparation.┬áMy project is a continuation of Emma Arents’ honors thesis with a few minor adjustments in the methodology section to exhibit my interests in ecology, evolution and marine science.

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1–First few weeks at the IINE

I have been thrown into this internship without much ado, and have therefore been forced to learn quickly and think on my feet! As a health intern with the International Institute of New England, I am responsible for providing transportation to clients (very recent refugees and asylum seekers who have gone through the legal immigration route and arrived in Manchester, NH) to and from various health assessments, immunizations, and tests. I also help lead cultural orientation sessions on health and hygiene. I have already gotten to work with families from Burma, Malaysia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. It has fascinated me to witness firsthand the processes and services provided to immigrants and refugees, and I have learned a lot so far about how the system works. I work under a director supervisor, who himself immigrated many years ago from Nepal. The office space is dynamic and diverse, and I am lucky to have tasks that take me in and out of the office, without too much sitting around. Every day is different!

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