Time to take a different turn regarding this series: no more artists or social activists. Instead, I’m going to enter a terrain unknown to me: science. Specifically: astrophysics. The woman in question is Madhulika Guhathakurta, who is currently employed at NASA as one of its most respected astrophysicists.
Usually, when I read a book, it takes me not much longer than two weeks to finish it. I’ve noticed, however, that there’s a specific genre with which it always takes much longer: detectives. I finished reading Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman a while back, and am currently struggling my way through Nicci French’s Sunday Morning Coming Down. Struggling, I say, because there no other way for me to describe what it’s like for me to read a detective.
It’s that time of the week again! Influential woman on request: Helen Keller. Even though she was born a healthy child, when she was only two years old Helen was struck by a horrific illness that left her both blind and deaf. This left Helen in a seriously disadvantaged position: besides the simple fact that she was a woman, she also could not hear nor see, and thus needed constant help and guidance. The terrible struggle she went through in her childhood because of this, however, never stopped her from making it in the outside world.
As most of you know by now, I’m changing schools in September. The past two years, I’ve studied literature and linguistics (Dutch & English) at the University of Ghent. This, however, didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to, so I decided to instead start a teacher training in English and history at Artevelde University College. This was a very difficult decision for me, but not for the reasons you might suspect. I know a teacher training is going to fit me a lot better, and I know Artevelde has a really good programme – I’m really looking forward to starting. What did make this decision so difficult, was leaving my friends behind.