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Brincando el charco
"Brincar el charco" is a Puerto Rican expression that literally translates as "jumping the puddle". It describes the act of migrating from the island to the continental US.  It seeks to ameliorate the pain of migration by downplaying it, by making the Atlantic Ocean a mere puddle to jump across.  I celebrated (and mourned) jumping that puddle three years ago on August 17; I hadn't mentioned it before because simply put I've been too busy readjusting to graduate school. You know, it wasn't until this summer that I realized how profoundly traumatic migration was, how much it still impacts my life, how little I've integrated to that America sin acento after three full years of being here.

I'm continuing the process of orienting myself in the world, and I think I've made some good inroads into it.  I don't think  I want to drop grad school right now, but I definitely want to spend less time overwhelmed my school and more time picking up other skills.  While I am very much interested in gender studies, I want something else to do, I don't want to limit myself to a single track.  Therefore, I dropped one of my courses so I can devote more time and energy to other pursuits.

First of all, I am teaching a course on Science, Technology and Society.  One of the things I want to do is devote time to mastering the art of teaching and giving my students the best class I can.  So far it's been a little dicey because my boss has been out of the state since class began but up to this point I'm really enjoying it.  I've also decided I want to pick up Computer Science/coding; so far, I'm just doing open courseware on it.   I'll let you know how that goes, so far I have to say I've had more fun doing that than I've had with gender studies in a while.  
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