It’s All About Where You Stand

Through extensive national and international research, I can conclude with near certainty that the phenomenon of being awkward in the elevator is not only a US trait but an internationally shared custom. Tight spaces and close quarters is not something that is an isolated social situation for most, it is relatively common in communities nowadays. … Continue reading It’s All About Where You Stand


If Fezes Grew on Trees

Every once and awhile you need to embrace full "tourist mode", I did that in Turkey a few weekends ago. I got excited about every fez and made it my mission to eat Turkish delight. Istanbul is beautiful. I love seeing new places. And being in Austria right now has made last minute adventures all … Continue reading If Fezes Grew on Trees

Vienna: The City of knock-off Razor Scooters

They are everywhere. I didn’t notice it at first, but after a particularly memorable scooter themed dream I couldn’t stop seeing them everywhere I went. Now I haven’t used a scooter for transportation since middle school (it fit perfectly in my locker when folded), but it seems that Austrians have carried on the trend. Now … Continue reading Vienna: The City of knock-off Razor Scooters


The Nonpro Student and the plague of Imposter Syndrome

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". (provided to you by the ever-credible source of Wikipedia) My graduate school is populated by a large variety of … Continue reading The Nonpro Student and the plague of Imposter Syndrome


Nonproliferation and the problem of the MANel

Being the rather unapologetically energetic nonproliferation student that I am, I force my way into as many nonproliferation-related events, talks, and conferences as possible. Through this practice, I have been able to meet a variety of very interesting and intelligent experts in the nonproliferation field. But I have noticed a rather glaringly apparent problem in … Continue reading Nonproliferation and the problem of the MANel


International Travel

Airports are very peculiar places. You see people in every stage of exhaustion and occasionally see adults reduced to toddler style tantrums. I frequently find myself wondering where everyone else is going and amazed at how air travel brings the most random and different collections of people together in a tiny flying metal vessel. Don't … Continue reading International Travel


In a few short days

On Saturday, I will travel first to Prague to participate in a 2-week program at a research reactor, and then to Vienna to start a 6-month internship at the IAEA. I hope to use this blog to post about my adventures, it should be a mix between weird nonproliferation-related things I find to geek out about and … Continue reading In a few short days