Danielle Morales

Dani is passionate about women's empowerment, feminism, social entrepreneurship, and micro-finance. She is involved with the charity Krochet Kids and helped start Power of Passion, an arts program for 5th-8th grade girls . Her goal this year is to improve her Spanish skills, fully immerse herself in a new culture, and finish the program with a truly global perspective. For next year, and beyond, she hopes to personify Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change in the world you want to see."


To My Moms

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are” – Cheryl Lacey Donovan I believe that I am one of the luckiest people in the world because my best friend and role model happen to be the same person, my mom. We have the kind of relationship where I easily admit…

01 June, 2015

Redefining Confidence

In the past, confidence used to be quite a conundrum to me. It was something that I couldnever quite grasp, and often, I found myself pondering this supposedly wonderful quality.Was it an inheritable, like how some people have their mother’s blue eyes or their dad’scrooked teeth? Was it a quality that was honed, and if…

27 May, 2015

Imbaya as Home

Home, to me, is familiarity. It’s the ability to shut your eyes and imagine a place, so clearly as if you can reach out and touch that fleeting memory. To me, home was 11 Ladbrook Grove, the place that I had established my roots and routines, the place where my family was. It was my…

27 May, 2015


Like many things in my life, I look back on the ritual family outings I had with the Sinche-Cuasquer family with a small smile on my lips and the realization that, at the time, I didn’t fully see the importance of those moments. Then, they were just a fun way to see different parts of…

27 May, 2015


Although it’s been over two months since I’ve arrived to my Ecuadorian home, I can still vividly remember my first week here. The first day or so, I was awe-struck by everything. Yet, as the week stretched on, my enchantment began to simmer. Communicating was impossible, and I felt as if I hadn’t made any…

20 March, 2015

About Learning

As someone who loves to learn, I have always felt at home in a classroom. Of course, home had its ups and downs. At times, I was comfortable, finishing tests with ease and receiving high grades on papers. Other times, I was challenged. Sometimes it came in the form of a new concept or perspective,…

17 October, 2014

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