Week 6: making graphs

I have made some progress with R, mostly because of one particularly helpful site called “Cookbook for R” that had good examples of how to make plots in R.  In particular I had been struggling with making a plot that showed the number of similar observations.  I could easily graph each individual observation independently, but it didn’t tell me anything new.  I could also graph the number of similar observations as a histogram.  This was somewhat useful but what I really wanted to produce was a line graph that showed me the distribution of my data.  My PI showed me a page on Cookbook for R that had detailed examples of how to produce the graphs that I wanted.  It was easy to modify the code to suit my data.  There were even options for making the graphs prettier or adding keys and lines to show the means.

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Last Week Reflections

Hard to believe that this internship is tapering to a close already–these 2.5 months have flown by! I continue to be so grateful for the learning opportunity that this summer position has offered to me. This introduction into the realm of services for refugees and immigrants has proven to be an acutely sobering experience. I feel more receptive and empathetic towards people who have been uprooted and thrown into environments that are completely alien and often indifferent towards their presence. However, embedded in this newfound receptiveness is also the humbling knowledge that I am in a position of such privilege and power that I will never begin to truly understand the experiences of our clients here in their new home of Manchester, NH. It has been uncomfortable to me to step into the lives and new homes of clients from conflict-ridden Central African countries. To know that even as the odor of frying oil and too many bodies packed into a two bedroom apartment washes over me, even as I hold a baby in my arms and help a woman who speaks no English at all check in at the doctor’s office, even as I wince over the details a raped and abused client’s mental trauma in her medical file–I will go home tonight to fragrant sheets, a clean kitchen, and a town where everyone looks like me and speaks my language.

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Beijing- Week 6 (?) The end is nigh, but I have an egg

Let’s see, what did I do this week since the last post? There was a super boring event on Thursday that I helped man. Jing-A had a station selling beer, and typically our beer goes like hotcakes. This time, we sold 9 (!) cups of beer over an 8 hour period. Incredibly boring.

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