“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
My name is Ananda Day, a native of Livingston, Montana, Raleigh, NC, and Dakar, Senegal. I’m a sucker for etymology and puns, laugh persistently, revel in awkward moments, fail at social cues, love to study and create cuisine, care more to listen than speak, believe in princes & steeds, and have that “wanderlust” as my Grandmother says. Mostly I get my kicks from the nerdy and the people around me who bring out the best in life.
This summer, I am in New York City working with VerbalizeIt, the first service that delivers the quality of human translation but at a price-point that is affordable and accessible to everyone. The company also provides non-live translation solutions, including document transcription, audio and video translation and subtitling. While here I will be acting as a New York Innovation Fellow for UNC’s Minor in Entrepreneurship.
Consequently, my blog will cover two purposes. First, it will document and synthesize my experiences as an intern and NYI Fellow. Second, per usual, I will document most adventures and food I encounter.
This past summer I returned to Senegal, which I first visited as a member of Global Citizen Year’s Founding Fellows. While there, I worked with IntraHealth International and completed intensive Wolof studies with support from the US Department of Education’s Foreign Language Area Studies program, UNC’s CEES grant, and the JW Saxe Fund. Before this, I studied abroad with UNC’s SEAS program in Singapore, India, and Brunei, while I traveled with friends in India afterward.
If you are reading this, I hope you enjoy the blog- the running tally of how many door frames I have run into, the high learning curves, fantastic people met, epic fails, work pumped out, personal jokes, ridiculous reactions to food, and who knows what else. Comment, ask questions, etc.– and thank you for reading.
Ciao then Dears
“Perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping stone just right, you won’t have to die. The Truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better and have a whole lot more fun while they’re doing it.”-Bird by Bird