Today we are encouraging you all to visit another blog…no, not the competition, but rather one of our student bloggers here at the ‘Hurst. Rhona Boyle ’13 is a biology (pre-med) major from Dublin, Ireland studying here at Mercyhurst. She’s extremely active on campus, being the incoming President of the Ambassador Club, also active in Tri Beta, Habitat for Humanity, ski club, and much more. She’s also a student caller for our Phonathon team, so you may have even chatted with her before (and you’d probably remember that Irish accent!)
Rhona maintains a blog (http://rhonamercyhurst.blogspot.com/) which is quite worthy of a follow any day, but in particular, you should check out her most recent post. Rhona spent the last few weeks at a medical internship in Northwestern India! She blogs about the work, the culture, and even the food! Be sure to read the whole post, but here’s a snippet:
India is one of those nations, which is literally soaked in culture. Riding autorickshaws around town is the best way to experience the sights, smells, traditional dress, noise, pollution and overpopulation that encompass India. Jodphur is a relatively small, rural city of about 2 million people. It is far from a tourist destination, which made the trip wonderfully authentic. We shopped for saris at the Clock Tower Market, went on a camel safari with a local guide through the Rajasthani desert. I, being vegetarian adored the cuisine and ate my heart out. Chana masala, stuffed paratha, aloo gobi, masala dosa, kulfi, paneer tikka masala, jalfreizis, biryanis, mango lassis and thali! It was without a doubt the best food of my life. We crashed an Indian wedding, got henna tattoos, visited the Maharajah’s Palace and Fort. We fed monkeys in the Mandore Gardens, paid a trip to the local orphanage and visited ancient Hindu Temples. We heard traditional music, learned to speak some Hindi, drank cups and cups of Chai and took yoga classes with an Indian doctor. India is by far the most vibrant, memorable and fascinating of the 15 countries I have been to.
We certainly have some incredible students here at Mercyhurst, and Rhona is among the best and brightest. Kudos to her for taking advantage of every opportunity and seeing the whole world in the process!