October 31, 2021
Yes, it’s a real thing.
After having a fun filled, enjoyable, and educational 4 years at the University of New Hampshire, reality kicked in after I ended my lease at my off-campus apartment. I did not have a full time job offer waiting for me at the end of college, I searched and searched, applied to hundreds of jobs and was rejected by almost all of them. Failure is not something that should discourage you, especially since we completed college in the midst of a global pandemic. Yes, it really... Read More
October 5, 2021
In the past few months, the class of 2021 faced a ton of new challenges. Navigate them with me!
Many of us no longer needed to live in Durham, so we needed to find housing or move back in with our family, we were on the hunt for full-time jobs, and we were attempting at finding a new health insurance plan. Whether or not we had a full time job offer after graduation, health insurance is a necessity. Now, I am no healthcare consumerism professional, but I did have the chance to explore... Read More
April 6, 2021
Share my story?
Welcome back! Last month was the 7 year anniversary of being racially profiled. This week’s blog is sharing my story about the racism I have experienced in my hometown.
I want to start off by saying that this is my own experience. I cannot speak for any other Turkish or Middle Eastern people. I can only speak for myself. My intention in sharing is to shed light on the fact that racism exists everywhere. It’s not just where you hear about it on the news or in Facebook posts.... Read More
December 15, 2020
Trying to Be Kind to Ourselves While Also Doing Our Best
Many of us have been home since November 20th, many of us are not going home. No matter where you are right now, we are all experiencing finals week. Self-care is something each and every one of us can do right now.
Selfcare isn’t only facials and taking baths. It is mindful minutes, journaling, taking a walk outside, and more.
Here are some self-care ideas you can do every day to reduce stress during finals week:
One minute... Read More
November 17, 2020
Getting Creative in the Kitchen
Making bread is a fun way to spend time inside! All you need is a dutch oven and some other ingredients. Follow along with this video made by Intern Layla and Sarah.
3 ½ cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
2 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2 jalapeñoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño, sliced into rings, divided
1 tablespoon kosher salt (optional)
2 cups warm water
2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
1... Read More
October 6, 2020
HOW CAN I…
Welcome back! This week’s blog is about voting.
It’s your right to vote as an American. Since you were a child, you’ve likely been voting on things like whether your elementary school class wants a pizza party or an ice cream party. In middle school and high school you probably voted for class officers, team captains, and prom king and queen. And when you turned 18 you became legally allowed to vote in government elections. The right to vote is a big deal and you have been... Read More
September 22, 2020
How Can I...
Welcome back! Today’s blog is entitled “How can I protest?”
If you are paying attention, you know there is a lot going on in the country and the world right now. One of those things is protesting. Protesting can look like many things - taking to the streets peacefully, boycotting a company’s products and services, or even starting respectful discussions among your peers. The First Amendment gives people the right to peacefully assemble; it is your right.
Protesting allows our... Read More
August 25, 2020
How Can I...
Welcome back! Today's blog is entitled "How can I educate myself?"
To get us started, we're going to talk about the idea that what you think you know about American history is probably wrong. Specifically, what you were taught about slavery, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the civil rights movement; everything that has led us to the existence of racism in today's society IS PROBABLY WRONG.
A 2018 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates a widespread... Read More
August 18, 2020
How Can I...
I have titled this blog series “How Can I?” The idea is that as I offer information and share my experiences about racism, readers might feel motivated into taking action steps to further their education. Today’s blog is entitled “How can I be an ally?”
An ally is a member of the majority group, who works to end oppression in his or her personal life through support of, and as an advocate for, the oppressed population. In plainer words, an ally is someone who sees... Read More
August 10, 2020
Social Activism Series
Hi! I’m Layla, a senior Communication student at UNH. I am using my internship with Healthy UNH as a platform to discuss my experiences with a topic lots of people are having a hard time talking about right now: racism. My family is Turkish-Cypriot, and I am not white passing. This makes me different from most people living in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is one of the top ten whitest states in America...in fact, it’s the 4th whitest. That means that there’s not much... Read More