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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

I welcome comments, discussion and even respectful debating. I will however keep discussions to a respectable level. I reserve the right to ban anyone from this forum.

Friday, October 10, 2008


I was at my lousy job yesterday and was able to meet a nice couple. The husband had a Harvard University shirt on. I asked if he is a professor. He confirmed it. Seemed very down to earth. He told me if I can get in, there is money at that school to be had in terms of paying my way through. Its 35,000 roughly for the first year of grad school. Ouch. Add that to living in the Boston area and one is in for a shock. Not really. I am from Chitown. :)

I think I need "I can get into Harvard" confidence. I did poorly in college back in the day but I have improved greatly mainly due to my age/maturity and also my deep desire to do well. I have a nagging voice in my head that I am not Harvard material. The other voice tells the first one to quiet down.......

Other choices include University of Arizona, UCLA, University of Michigan (if I get moving on my Arabic...).

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