I don’t work 9 to 5, but you get the idea

Hi Friends,

Apologies up front- I am late in my post. Last week I promised you a post USA Symposium 2014 wrap up. I am all excuses this week as there is simply too much to do for the end of term – I have essays, exams and presentations – you name it, I got it. It’s crazy! My post-symposium wrap up will come next week. Promise.

This week, I am going to leave you with the classic song, 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton, in salute of my G7 team. Thank you ladies for coming together – our event was truly successful all thanks to our hard work and dedication.



I’m in the home stretch!


picture of the statue of liberty

Statue of Liberty

USA Symposium 2014 is one week away!

This year, I am a member of the Symposium Team at Glendon College. Symposium is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to conceive, organize and host an academic conference featuring a country of their choosing. This year, we chose to showcase The United States.

We have a strong group of panelists speaking about a wide range of topics, from Obamacare to the Yes Men. We have scholars from the Fulbright Centre and scholars from the  International Studies Association.

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Under Pressure -dum dum dum da da dum dum

dum dum dum da da dum dum , dum dum dum da da dum dum…

Hello Friends,

This week I leave you with the classic song by Queen and David Bowie, Under Pressure. Things are really intense for me right now with USA Symposium 2014, classes, tests and exams. This really sums up how I am doing.

Hang in there team, we are nearing the finish line!

I jump into the fire and talk about my experience with chauvinism

wood burning fireI have decided to step into the fire this week.

I have never considered myself to be a feminist. This is not to say that I don’t believe in equal rights for women. I do. But I have never actively promoted or fought for these rights. Maybe I have been riding on the coat tails of those women whose fight have made my life easier. Continue reading

An Honorable Mention

Neena standing in front of poster

That’s me with my poster!

Last week I was invited to participate in a juried research fair for undergraduates at York University. I presented my research Between Effort and Result: Gauging the Activities of Environmental Interest Groups on U.S. Foreign Policy, A Case Study of the NRDC. There were a total of 60 young scholars across different disciplines. We were all competing to win our respective categories. I was competing in two categories, 1) Best Upper Year Project, 2) Library Literacy Award. We were being judged on a poster we created summarizing our research and a presentation of our research to the judges. Continue reading

Inspired by a Prisoner of Tehran

On February 12, 2014 I was fortunate to attend a talk by Marina Nemat who wrote a memoir of her life in Iran – Prisoner of Tehran,  hosted by the Glendon Political Science Association.

I was not familiar with Ms. Nemat and her story prior to attending this event, and so, I did not know what to expect. The account of what she endured was heartbreaking; at the same to see and to listen to her speak about her imprisonment and torture was empowering. Since her talk, I have been deep in thought; her story triggered self-reflection about my understanding of the world around me, and about how my experiences have shaped who I am and who I am becoming. Continue reading

No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have erasers

picture of people attending the undergraduate research fair in 2013

Ungergraduate Research Fair 2013

This week I found out that a paper I submitted for the York University Undergraduate Research Fair has been accepted! I will now have the opportunity to present a paper I wrote in 2013 at the Research Fair on February 25th and have the opportunity to win an award for Best Upper Year Project. I am excited about this as a young researcher. I will pursue my Master’s after completing my BA in International Studies – participating in this research fair has given me confidence; I am on the right track! Continue reading