Celia Morton

Celia is passionate about languages, music and the outdoors. When growing up she spent most of her time outside in the tropical jungle of Costa Rica, if not playing the flute or singing. She is a UWC student involved in feminism, vegetarianism and overall social and sustainable development. In the future, she wants to work with the development of educational systems, as she sees them as the root of social change. Her goals for the year are to gain a deeper understanding of Indian culture and herself, become even more inspired to work with education, learn as much Hindi as possible, feel belonging in a place where she normally wouldn't and, very importantly, to make memories with people whom she will never forget. Her favourite quote of all time is: "Change is the only constant" by Heraclitus, as she sees is as undeniably true.


Virtual Exhibition

For my Capstone Project, I have arranged a small virtual exhibition of my drawings that I did while I was in Pune! You can either click on the link or scroll down to look at the images! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HgxIwQX_RiTjJzTcYcM4R9SDuWsSkHgw9e-gHMr2bPc/edit?usp=sharing

09 May, 2020

Becoming a Niece

This year I learned that language isn’t necessary for connection.     I ended up coming to a host family which spoke perfect English, but I couldn’t wrap my head around why we didn’t connect. It took me seven months to realize that I still don’t know. Eventually, I found a loop-hole in that I didn’t need…

04 April, 2020

Pune’s Motorbike Lovers

On dark street corners, abandoned by shops or pedestrians, they hide. The motorbike lovers. Not having the approval to socialize in private spaces they are drawn to locations that make the interaction seem momentary, temporary. Just someone speaking to another for a few minutes, when indeed it can be for hours and hours. Every day…

19 February, 2020

Ode to Knäckebröd

Before you read, here are a few words you might want to know… Bandar- Hindi for monkey Chapati- a flat, thin and round bread eaten at almost every Maharashtrian meal  Knäckebröd- a hard buiscuit-like bread, most often shaped as rectangles  Ode to Knäckebröd  A Long Distance Life Is one of knäckebröd knäckebröd is for Swedes,…

31 January, 2020

10 Lessons from travelling in India

Greetings from the foot of the Himalayas in Macleod Ganj  You can manage an unplanned trip without internet, it’s scary but you just have to trust people.  India is a country of contrasts, unpredictability and intensity. It’s okay to take it all in small doses. Let yourself rest.  Being a white tourist will make people…

04 January, 2020

A Day in the Ears of Celia

They repeat. Every hour, every day, every week. Sounds. Sounds which first took up so much of my headspace that I collapsed by the time the clock struck three, but which have now become the white noise in my head.  It’s dawn and the parrots and squirrels are celebrating when I wake up at 6:10,…

01 December, 2019

Life Lessons from Pune’s Public Transportation

The kids in my school knew it before I did. By 5th grade, I was already being nicknamed mandona which is Spanish for bossy. I didn’t really start realizing it until a few years later, once I had moved from Costa Rica to Sweden, and regarded my time as so precious that I could not…

07 November, 2019

A Collection of Impressions

I made a video for my fundraising campaign for the Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund, showing what kind of experiences are created thanks to those who donate. So here comes a little summary of my highlights these past two months! Keep in mind that I'm only showing highlights and that this isn't a holistic portrayal of…

01 November, 2019

The Freedom of a Turquoise Scarf

October 3rd, 2019 I’m still getting used to it, the tight fabric over my mouth and nose, absorbing the sweat running down my temple. Sometimes I still feel suffocated by it. The turquoise scarf wrapped around my head and face was my aunt’s, and even though I was reluctant to bring it, I know now…

22 October, 2019

Is sharing really caring?

Before leaving Sweden I made a post on Instagram preparing my audience for an unstoppable flow of content, or in other words, spam, of my life in India. It has now been 29 days since I arrived, and I have only made one upload which consisted of a photo of a street in Pune, explaining…

29 September, 2019

How helpful is help?

I am currently at the Global Launch at Stanford California and lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about harm. These past couples of days we’ve had talks by inspiring entrepreneurs all working for a better world in their own way. In our discussions we always came back to the difficulties of the solutions to these…

31 August, 2019

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