When to say goodbye to a pet

When to say goodbye to a pet

I grew up not really knowing what it’s like to have anything other than a bird or a fish in the house. My parents, who both grew up on farms, didn’t want us to have cats or dogs. I asked my mom once why she was never keen on it and she told me that losing...
Salary negotiations 101

Salary negotiations 101

Here’s a little primer on how to deal with salaries for professional jobs. I’ve written this with academics and private industry professionals in mind, but it can apply to almost everyone who is applying to jobs where the salary scales aren’t...
That mid-life question mark

That mid-life question mark

The world isn’t like it used to be. The prescribed ‘get a job, get married, get a house, have kids, retire with a full pension’ life that our parents had doesn’t really exist anymore. Things have changed. I grew up with the mindset that if you...
Five things I learned in 2019

Five things I learned in 2019

1) I changed my relationship with social media In January 2019, I took the entire month off from social media and doing so completely changed my relationship with it, and with the world. I reconnected with ‘real life’, I read a lot of books, I enjoyed in-person...
Why I talk to Uber drivers

Why I talk to Uber drivers

I took an Uber to a local store today to buy myself a new microscope. An Eritrean man, we started talking about culture and immigration. “You speak Tigrinya, right?”. A huge smile appeared on his face. “You know that?!”, he said. Of course....