Aden Fischer-Brown

Aden's main passion (besides UNC basketball) is all things music - listening, playing, creating, and sharing. He leads his school's all-male a cappella group, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and serves as a tutor, mentor, and counselor in the Jewish community. His goals for this year are to acquire new language skills, gain new perspectives, and develop greater self-confidence and independence. His favorite quote is "Comparison is the thief of joy", attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.


Quilotoa Loop Backpacking Photos

In early February I took a backpacking trip with three members of my Regional Cohort, Sahar, Lily and Phoebe. After two days of intense hiking, we reached the Laguna Quilotoa, a beautiful crater lake. Here are some photos!  

02 August, 2017

Los Pancitos

Every Sunday morning during most of my time in my town of Bella Union, I would walk a small 50 foot stretch from my house to enter a bakery. There I’d find my host uncle, David, rolling out dough and covered in flour while a playlist of Spanish love ballads, Backstreet Boys and soccer highlight…

27 April, 2017

New home, new identity

Ascending the stairs towards their classroom, it’s clear the sixth and seventh graders spot me before I see them. I hear excited shouts of “Profe ya viene!” and “Ingles!” and a group of kids that was loitering outside hurriedly rushes into the room. As I enter, the thirty-plus kids rise and begin to say, “Buenos…

01 November, 2016

Peaks and Valleys (literally)

Almost exactly one month ago, I welcomed you to this blog with a short, informational, and gif-filled post. I now sit on my bed in an apartment in Quito, trying to reflect on the past 33 days while the evening news blares from the TV in my host mother’s room and my family’s two perritas,…

15 September, 2016

Going, going, but not yet gone

Bienvenidos a mi blog! I knew very early on in my college application process that I wanted to take a gap year, but I started out not knowing at all what I sought to do or achieve on it. Throughout my extensive research, I developed the understanding that above all else what I wanted was…

12 August, 2016

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