Alisa Nelson

Alisa is passionate about cultures, languages, and human equality. She likes playing sports, reading books, and outdoor activities. She loves adventure and hopes to learn a lot about Senegalese culture this coming year. Her other goals are to perfect her French, learn a Senegalese language, and get to know new people.


An Open Letter to My Country

More accurately, letters to two of them. Dear United States of America, It’s been a long time. Not that long, I guess, only six and a half months since we’ve last seen each other. But it has been nine, almost ten years since we’ve really…

20 March, 2015

If I Could Write an Honest Blog Post

I spent most of the morning washing my clothes. I even decided to wash the sheets, which I’d been putting off; I hate washing them because they’re big and heavy and hard to clean. After I had washed everything and began putting my sheet on…

03 March, 2015

Animal Biographies

A quick update before I get to the main point of the blog: my job at the farm is wonderful! My legs are sore from biking there, but it is good exercise. I cooked Senegalese food for my family (by myself) recently ‰ÛÒ they told…

31 January, 2015

The Way Things Change

I was in Lome, Togo trying to catch a taxi. My family and I were there for the weekend during spring break and we had gotten lost looking for our hotel. My dad was attempting to use his non-existent Haitian Creole to talk to people,…

02 December, 2014

October in Threes

Describing my last month in segments of three. 3 THINGS I DO EVERDAY Drink Coffee. I hate coffee. More accurately, I hated it. I drink it every morning at breakfast, and while my favorite part is still the powdered milk that clumps at the bottom,…

03 November, 2014

A Week in Mbodiene

Featuring: a new family – new languages – love in the form of sickness – some folklore and a baby goat – and tea A NEW FAMILY I have six siblings, plus an older brother who doesn’t live at home. My father brings home fish…

14 October, 2014

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