Eriika Etshokin, MALS '11, received the 2011 Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing from Confluence, the Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
. The award celebrates interdisciplinary inquiry as the central intellectual practice of graduate liberal studies, and critical writing as a foundational tool of graduate study. It is given to the writer of a critical essay that makes exemplary use of interdisciplinary tools in order to engage a general educated audience. Etshokin's essay, "Insights From Outside the Bathtub," explores the subject of depression through an interdisciplinary lens. She wrote the essay as a student in "The Essay" course, a required MALS course taught by Patricia Francisco. Etshokin's essay will be published in the next issue of Confluence
After graduating from Hamline in May, Etshokin joined the Peace Corps and is now living and working in Bangangte, a western province in the mountains of Cameroon. She is an English professor at Universite des Montagnes, a medical and IT university. To learn more about her experiences in Cameroon, you can read her blog, "Truths Lies Exaggerations."