If Boston College has awoken any one thing within me it is the need to connect reflective thought with useful action. Perhaps it is this quote from the 4Boston mission statement that best summarizes, albeit rhetorically and with perhaps a bit too much flourish: “action without reflection risks despair and reflection without action risks irrelevance.” Nevertheless, I feel it would be my duty and privilege to experience something as foreign and grounded as the Peace Corps once I graduate.

This project has taken an unexpected turn, and to both my disappointment and regret I’ve declined my invitation to teach science in Sierra Leone.