Ted Samuel

Aaron "Ted" Samuel (Jagaran Media Center): Ted graduated from Kenyon College in 2005 with a degree in international studies. He earned college and departmental honors and was inducted to both the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Iota Rho Honor Societies. He was also awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and Franklin Miller Award for his campus leadership, activism and efforts in raising money for tsunami relief. In 2005 to 2006 Ted served as a Fulbright research fellow in South India where he researched the social movement of the Aravani – or South Indian Transgender – community. After his fellowship, Ted wrote: “Though some parts of [my] travels ranged from uncomfortable to heartbreaking, the images I saw and the people I met are forever engrained into my mind and I will be able to share these experiences with others for the rest of my life.”

Reality Check

13 Jun

Just as I was ready to get into the swing of things, disaster struck. Okay, I am a bit melodramatic when I use the word disaster, but being sick in Nepal is no celebration either. While posting my last entry, I felt a slight soreness in my throat. The next day… well it’s hard to describe exactly what I felt the next day because it was a bit of a blur. Let’s just say that my head, throat, and lungs decided to start a revolution against the rest of my body.

This is just one of those reality checks that I should have expected while coming back to this part of the world. Even though I usually have a “been there, done that” attitude when it comes to South Asian maladies, I can’t help but get frustrated when my body just doesn’t cooperate with the goals set by my mind. The recovery is slow but steady right now. Hopefully by my next post, I’ll be good to go.

Posted By Ted Samuel

Posted Jun 13th, 2007


  • Mary

    June 13, 2007


    Hey Ted!
    I hope your recovery is swift – we’re thinking of you back here in the office — keep up the great work!

  • Stacy Kosko

    June 16, 2007


    Hi Ted,

    Feel better!! I get deathly ill every time I travel, almost always on day 4. I think it’s just my body adjusting to new and different (not necessarily bad) microbes and other goodies.

    When I was an AP Peace Fellow (back when we used to be called Interns), my “day 4” also coincided with my first day on the job at the Dzeno Association — the Roma advocacy group I was posted with in the Czech Republic. I ended up having to leave early on my first day. Talk about embarassing. They tried to tell me it was just my nerves. Right. But I was back in business the next day!

    I hope that your malady isn’t too bad and that you get better soon.


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