Cooper Wright

Cooper is a talented trumpet player and has taken lead roles in multiple school jazz band performances. He is also passionate about photography and has recently began experimenting with painting and drawing. His high school career culminated with his photo dissertation on life in Harlem, New York. Cooper also played on his school's lacrosse team.


Forever Tired

It´s been about a week since I arrived at my homestay in Eldorado, an MST community. For those Dwighties that are reading this, no, this is not the dreaded Math/Science/Technology program, but rather a program that sets up rural workers with land that is no longer used. This has caused problems in Brazil, as the…

01 December, 2010

Waiting (Forever)

It seems like I have been here forever. As I sat on the ground of my room (the only place that provides me with internet in my bedroom), I often wondered “what am I doing here?” Why wasn’t I with my second home stay family? Why is Brazil so…different? I am so used to the cookie cutter…

12 November, 2010


When given times of reflection here, I have often struggled with one idea: what is a home? What does it mean to truly feel at home? There are so many little questions that I have based upon this one topic, as I stay with a family that I don’t really know much about, in a…

18 October, 2010

Dharma Bums, On the Road, and Howl

On this partly cloudy Sunday morning in Brazil, I was able to wake up and read excerpts from three great Beat generation books: Dharma Bums and On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and Howl by Allen Ginsberg. Bringing these books were quite deliberate: they continually emphasize living in the moment. I have tried to continually plan…

11 October, 2010


These past two weeks have been very vocabulary heavy. Learning about things such as social impact, social development, global development, INGO’s, NGO’s, and so on can be very overwhelming. I found myself overwhelmed by the broad themes of these topics and phrases. However, throughout the two weeks, I have seen clear overlaps in these topics,…

29 September, 2010

First blog post

Living in one place for all of my life, I never have really seen the world. I was always wondering what was out there, and always seeking new adventures. Going to Brazil seems to be the climax of this curiosity, as in less than two weeks, I will be leaving for Salvador, Brazil. While I…

23 September, 2010

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