Overall Research Experience Summer 2019

My research was fixed on the increasing rate of maternal mortality, specifically among incarcerated women and black or African American women. Additional topics of this study might include the mortality rate of children birthed by incarcerated women, the location these women are from and where their prison is located, increasing mortality rate of incarcerated women of color, as well as subsidiary factors that affect the health of imprisoned women. Previously recorded/public access data was analyzed for causation variables of this high mortality rate and will be presented with information collected by analyzing the most recent literary sources regarding this topic.

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Week 7: Tokyo

After Singapore, I joined my mom and brother in Tokyo for a few days. I’ll keep this short: it was amazing. Not so long ago I told my friends “I would give my left leg to go to Tokyo” and I was able to go with both my legs in tact. It was a dream. The culture, the food, the public transportation, the climate… I could go on. I wish I could’ve spent more time there but this gives me a reason to go back. Japan, you have not seen the last of me.

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Week 6: Serenity in Singapore (Kinda)

Back in Singapore, I felt like I finally had time to breathe- except I couldn’t breathe, literally. I had gotten a sinus infection (I’m very prone) and had the lovely opportunity to visit an Asian doctor’s office. As a hopeful Pre-Med, and a person who just likes making comparisons based on observations (how STEM of me), there were several things I could appreciate about the office. First, its efficiency. I don’t know if it was a slow day but I was the only one in the waiting room and was seen after waiting maybe 5-7 minutes. Next was the meticulousness- I was prescribed about 5 different medications to treat each symptom and ensure I could knock out the infection. And finally, how streamlined the process was. In Singapore there aren’t pharmacies like in the U.S., if your doctor prescribes you something it’s given in the office at the end of your visit. No extra trips.

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Week 5: Last Days in Manila

After the whirlwind of travel that was Week 4, Week 5 in Manila was very welcoming. I caught up on sleep and was able to dedicate some solid and consistent time to the deliverables for my internship. I spent my last days with my new William and Mary friends who I’d met for the first time in Manila (shoutout Matt, Camille, and Gus). I was able to appreciate the serenity of my apartment, spent lots of money on Food Panda, and was thankful to not be in a loud airport for hours at a time. I enjoyed a business lunch with the Bayani Brew Crew and visited some Sari Sari’s with them to scope out competition.

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Week 4, Round 2: Bali

Less than 24 hours after arriving in Manila from Bangkok, Matt and I are back at the airport ready to catch our flight to Bali. We land around 1 AM, take a taxi to our hotel, and get some sleep. Breakfast is last served at 10 so at 9:55 I walk around the grounds to find someone who can prepare our breakfast. Twenty minutes later we’re enjoying banana pancakes and fresh Balinese fruit. Life moves a little slower in Bali compared to Bangkok and Manila. Immediately I can appreciate the change of pace and peace of mind my surroundings bring me.

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