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Austin Nguyen

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SPEAK UP – THE HEART

June 5, 2016

So in Global Citizen Year, we have a something called a speakup – basically, it’s a fellow’s time to get up in front of a selected audience and talk about whatever they want. It can be advice, a story, a really heavy moment – whatever! Afterwards, the fellow is given constructive criticism, so it’s a...

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TIME – attempting poetry

March 29, 2016

(made for a gcy prompt in trying other forms of storytelling) its funny, i think. how all things change. in the time it takes for a seed to sprout up from the ground for clouds to come and go for rain to nuture new life for a head of corn to stand tall in the...

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FEELS #4 – LOVE

March 7, 2016

I used to feel really weird when other fellows told me they loved me. I think I was being sorta picky with my definition of “love” – it was like, “you’ve only known me like, 4 months man, do you really even know me enough to ‘love’ me” kinda stuff. It was also, I think,...

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FEELS #3 – LESSONS

February 9, 2016

  Almost every day with Global Citizen Year is a lesson.Some days are Spanish classes, or I have informal Kichwa classes with my mother – those are lessons in a more traditional sense, I guess. Other days, the lessons are much more abstract. Sometimes I’m expanding on what I feel the meaning of being “happy”...

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FEELS 2 – AUSTIN AND AUSTIN’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

February 1, 2016

Firstly, the title is a play on the name of that one movie with Michael Cera in it: Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, I think. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard its good, so maybe I should. Secondly, I’ve realized lately that my coming here with Global Citizen Year has likely – no, definitely...

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Home – Written Oct. 25

November 5, 2015

  Man. This program is honestly really taxing sometimes. When I left Quito and my first host family to come to Otavalo, I was way sad. I remember thinking that I wasn’t ready to leave my family, who I’d just begun to grow close to, and I wasn’t ready to leave a city that I...

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VLOG #1: Snippets from Month 1

September 19, 2015

This is the beginning of my foray into Vlogging. This first video is basically entirely just clips strung together with music – maybe in the future I will venture more into speaking and whatnot. We’ll see what happens!    

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Feels #1 – Rollercoaster

September 19, 2015

To be perfectly honest, I’ve been having trouble writing this second blog post. I’ve worked through maybe 3 different drafts, all about completely different subjects – all of those just didn’t feel right. They didn’t feel honest enough. So I’ve decided I’m going to write two different types of blogs – one that’s more “story-like,”...

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Leap

August 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, I stood on the edge of a cliff, 20 feet over the surface of a pool of water. My friends and I had come to a place in Santa Cruz to swim and cliff-jump, and I somehow found myself scaling the rocks, climbing higher and higher until I found myself in...

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