About hknicely

I just graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a degree in Exercise Science and minors in Public Health, International Studies, and Sport/Event Management. I applied to Physical/Occupational Therapy schools as well as Public Health grad schools but wasn't sure what exactly I wanted to do with my life. Which is one of the reasons I am now doing the Peace Corps and serving in Cambodia for 2 years as a Health Extension and Education volunteer!

Being One with Nature

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Everyone (at least in my room) must have been worn out from our excursion to the caves because we slept in until 9 am this morning! Usually we are up around 7:30ish due to the chirping birds and early morning Call to Prayer. We made it to the tail end of breakfast and saw Dr. and Mrs. Lambert off as they headed to a nearby village for a tour. Our first session was at 10:30 in which we learned all about different medicinal drug use led by Dr. Shobha. We discussed the criteria for drug selection and the comparison between rational use of medicines versus pharmaceutical promotions. In the villages the health workers do not prescribe meds but have a small selection of drugs that they can carry on them for minor illnesses. They usually encourage home remedies instead of forcing a lot of meds on patients. As the lecture ended we walked over to the hospital and received a short tour. We even got to see a premature baby who was only 11 days old!

We then had an hour and a half break in which some people took a rickshaw into town to do some quick shopping while others of us stayed behind to work on our group projects. After lunch we had a few more sessions; one on Herbal Medicine led by Shiva and the other on Alternative Healthcare led by Dr. Shobha again. The herbal medicine lecture reminded me of my mom’s herb garden and of the different plants we have around our own house such as the Aloe plant. In case you were wondering, aloe not only provides relief from sunburns, but also relieves stomach acidity problems and can make your skin smooth. During the alternative medicine lecture we learned about all types of practices such as Ayurbeda (an ancient Indian natural treatment), Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Yoga. At the end I was extremely relaxed even just talking about these different methods and wanted to do yoga right then! Maybe we’ll fit in a class later this week 😉 We pushed back our class meeting for a quick walk down to the lake which was equally as relaxing. A lot of people in the class hadn’t been there yet and we appreciated the exercise and beautiful sunset.

We then had a short class and went to dinner where we were surprised to find mashed potatoes! Oh the little things. Afterwards, a few girls and I came up with the idea of stopping by the convenience tent next door to get some ice cream…and about 5 bars of chocolate.  But the fun doesn’t end there. A dance party in the room followed by homework and a movie projected on a large screen on the wall completed our night.

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Nav varsh ki shubh kamanayein-Happy New Year!

Yeah I definitely just googled that. I felt that ‘”Happy New Year” in Hindi was only fitting!

My name is Hayley and I am from Columbus, OH where it is currently grey and cold (so ready for some warm India temperatures). I am a Senior majoring in Exercise Sport Science and minoring in Public Health, International Studies, and Sport/Event Management. As you can see, I had a hard time deciding what it is I really wanted to study and which path to pursue. That is, until this past semester. Most of my college career I was convinced I would go on to Physical/Occupational Therapy school, but recently found a new love for Public Health. After studying abroad in Ghana sophomore year and then for a semester in New Zealand, my love for traveling and experiencing new cultures (especially in developing countries) coincided. My future goal is to pursue a career in Global Health which is why I’m excited to be a part of this course as I’m sure it will give a pretty accurate depiction of what the field entails. I’m most excited to meet the village people and hear their stories first-hand, as well as get to know all of you!

See everyone tomorrow!

Hayley