Six months in Indonesia: A ‘graphic’ assessment

“Where words fail, graphs speak.” – Anonymous(ly fabricated)
As a biochemistry and political science major, my life during the four years prior to my Fulbright grant was dedicated to working intimately with independent variables, fostering relationships with regressions, and searching for the satisfaction of statistical significance. However, the nearness of my six month “Indo-versary” made me realize that I have spent a disproportionate amount of time qualitatively cataloging my experiences so far. I have written reflective journal entry after reflective journal entry, but had neglected to complete any cold, hard empirical assessment of my personal growth. I compiled the following graphs in order to satiate my craving for nerdy things, to reacquaint myself with my good friend Microsoft Excel, and to semi-accurately depict the exciting life I have lived in Indonesia over the past half-year.

SweatinessSH IndoFoodsSH InsectsSH Fear of KitchenSH Communicative AbilitySH Bike RideSH Cheese Cravings Acclimation SH

About the author: Sarah Hotovy is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant based in Genteng, East Java.  Hotovy graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and political science. You can contact her at

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