August 10th, 2012
I cannot help but see strong similarities between Kichwa community life in the Ecuadorian Amazon and dorm life in United States universities. Some reasons why: 1. The houses: Kichwa houses are small and fit many people. People who have received...
July 31st, 2012
When you are living on the edge of the Amazon jungle, there are bound to be certain mysteries that occur. "Why is my computer no longer functioning?", "Why is the sink exploding?", or "Did that bug just spit acid?" for example. When you have lived...
June 19th, 2012
Culture shock is fading and I have begun to observe and appreciate the cultural differences around me. In particular, I have started noting the intersection between the traditional Kichwa culture and the more modern Westernized Ecuadorian culture...
June 14th, 2012
There are luxuries I am used to that I was not aware are considered luxuries. Luxury #1: Temperatures gauges on showers There is hot water. There is only hot water. Scalding water to be precise. Lack of water pressure I was prepared for. Hot water...
Maya Manning is a Cognitive Neuroscience concentrator at Brown University with an expected graduation year of 2014. Since spring 2011 she has been a member of St. Anthony Hall, a co-ed literary fraternity at Brown. In her sophomore year she was a research assitant at the Britton Lab and helped research the effects of meditation on cognition, emotion, and phyisology. Outside of Brown she has participated in french and spanish immersion trips, created and edited websites, and worked for B Lab, the non-profit that certifies B Corporations which are for-profit companies that are socially and environmentally beneficial in nature.
She was born and raised in the Pennsylvanian coutryside outside of Philadelphia. Her favorite past times are riding horses, dancing, traveling, hanging out with friends, reading, and watching TV.