about me

I’m Sam, a Fulbright graduate student researcher living in East Java. Welcome to in them beat feverishly the heart of life, where I update regularly about my life in Indonesia, a country I’ve lived in for nearly three years, all told. It’s a crazy and confusing place, and I flatter myself in thinking I’m an eccentric and thoughtful enough person to write about it.

My current research focuses on traditional Javanese women healers and the intersections of traditional Javanese spiritual and mystical practices, and I’m particularly interested in informal learning processes, adult identity transformation, and women’s experiences of “becoming.”

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer TEFL teacher in East Java from 2010-2012 as a member of the first cohort of PCVs in to work in Indonesia since the mid-1960s. I hope to share as much as I can about Indonesia with you, both here in words and through Instagram (@tisamlette) in pictures.

Please leave questions, comments, criticisms, and feedback; the purpose of this blog is to help readers learn about Indonesia and keep updated about my adventures, but it’s also an outlet for me to share ideas, practice writing, and try to keep growing. I appreciate your visit and hope you continue to check in with me.

(I also blog at Graduate Knits, where my friend Lisa and I explore the art and insanity of knitting!)


15 thoughts on “about me”

  1. Hi…Salam kenal to you. I’m an English teacher. I’d be grateful to have a chance to contact you by email if you don’t mind, just to share experience in teaching. Thx


  2. Hi Sam! I stumbled upon your blog as I was researching the Fulbright ETA in Indonesia. I hope to be there before the end of the year. Could I email you to hear more about your experience in Indonesia?


    1. Absolutely! Feel free! I am not an ETA as you realize I’m sure, but feel free to email and we can chat, and in the future I can connect you with the two ETAs that will be stationed in the same town as me. I haven’t met them yet, but I’m sure they’ll also be open to chatting, as I am! My email is slmartin819@gmail.com and I look forward to hearing from you!


      1. sam!! it’s reanew.wordpress.com. I haven’t sent anyone the link yet or put it on facebook because I want to make it pretty first. I don’t really know what I’m doing. your blog is soooo beautiful! let me know if you have any feedback/tips 🙂


      2. thanks becky!!!!!! 🙂 gosh! do you have instagram? i’ve found putting the widget in the sidebar for streaming instagram pics to be a good way to keep it looking good and keep it “updated”ish even when i’m not writing. i also like to do photo galleries in the circle format… and other than that, the look is mostly from the theme! 🙂 🙂 i am looking forward to reading your updates. followed you back too!! xoxo


      3. ah, I was wondering how you did that. maybe I should start an instagram account. I just wrote another post today and I feel like I could have spent 5 hours adding and editing it, but it’s sometimes better just to get something up. I’m hoping this will help me to be more disciplined and improve my writing over time. Anyway, thanks for the love! 🙂


  3. Hello Samantha,

    My name is Ivan de La Grange from New Jersey City University and I am applying for the Fulbright grant to Indonesia as well. I want to enroll in the CLEA and wanted to know if you applied for language learning and if so where and did you enjoy it. In addition, would you be able to give me some pointers for writing grant proposals. I already have an affiliation with a university, but any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you so much,


    1. Hi, Ivan! I did indeed apply for the CLEA, but I didn’t receive because my Indonesian was too advanced at the time I applied. Everyone I know who won the award from my cohort did their CLEA at Wisma Bahasa in Jogjakarta. I’d be happy to send along my Fulbright application essays, if you’re interested. I’m at slmartin819@gmail.com – just email me anytime!! 🙂 -Sam


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