Aliana Ruxin

Ali is passionate about sports, debate, and the ability to connect with others to build community. In high school, she was a member of the soccer, basketball, lacrosse and debate teams. A deep competitive spirit and strong sense of integrity have ignited Ali throughout her life. During her bridge year, Ali hopes to harness her drive to make meaningful changes in her community and herself every single day. She also hopes to master Spanish and approach college with more focus, direction and understanding.

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My Year in Photos

A picture can really be worth a thousand words. Thus, I’ve compiled many of my photos into a photo blog. I also included a digitized version of the Humans-of-the-school-where-I-taught-English book, which I created and left in hardcover form at the school. This project was particularly…

15 May, 2015

Circles of Community

When I think about my Global Citizen Year, I consider leaving out the last two weeks. That way, I can describe life in my rural community, painting a picture as bright and beautiful as the polleras my indigenous used-to-be-host-mom wore. It can be a picture…

08 April, 2015

We Got In Trouble… And I Liked It

It was a lazy Saturday, mÌÁs o menos. I rose around 6 AM, normal time. Breakfast was lentil soup with a special treat: warm milk, straight from cow that Abuelita milked before the sun painted the greens of the fields and blues of the mountains…

18 February, 2015

Maria

I wrote this post in September shortly before leaving Quito. For various reasons I did not publish it at the time, but I find that the sentiment still rings true. I didn’t expect the first word I learned from my Quito host family to be…

26 January, 2015

A Simple Sense of Comfort

One morning in early October, Abuelita and I were the last two at the breakfast table. As we finished eating, she turned to me and asked, Did you have any dreams last night?” I looked up from my lentil soup and nodded

09 January, 2015

Learning to Love

I’m learning to love 8:00 AM rotisserie chicken on market days. Coated with herbs and freshly cooked, it really does taste good. It also really does wake up my taste buds, smacking them with a burst of flavor in the morning that is becoming more…

21 November, 2014

Mom Things

On Sunday afternoon I was playing house with my five-year-old sister and five-year-old cousin. The girls promptly instructed me to be their mom and began to set up an abandoned cement house as our home. I asked what I should do and my cousin replied,…

13 October, 2014

Coincidence in Quito

We were about to leave the hostel, to cross the street and meet our Quito host families. I hoisted my backpack onto my back, grabbed my small duffel bag and reached for my rolling duffel. Balancing everything, I took a deep breath and prepared myself…

04 September, 2014

Where I’m Meant to Be

Last Thursday morning, on the first day of Pre-Departure Training, Abby Falik welcomed the 2015 Fellows with an inspiring speech. More emotions than I could count filled my heart as I thought about the journey I was about to begin, the friendships I was about…

03 September, 2014

Homes Away From Home

I’m writing this from my bed at sleep-away camp, putting pen to paper, this time as a counselor, much as I did years ago as a camper on Letter Writing Days. Looking around at my campers, reflecting on the past six weeks we’ve spent here,…

03 August, 2014

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