Drew Erickson

Drew Erickson is passionate about service and empathy. She is involved in community service, human rights, and using her privilege to advocate for those with quieter voices. Her goals for the year are to, one, learn how to work collaboratively and effectively, two, understand what privilege looks like on a global and local scale outside of the United States, and three, to become fluent in both French and Wolof. Joy is my biggest inspiration— seeing a smile on someone’s face? Yes, when i see someone else benefit from my work, it pushes me to do better everyday.

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Modern Colonialism

April 4, 1960. The end of colonialism in Senegal, independence from France, and the beginning of modern colonialism.  Senegal— a country full of culture, beauty, unique characteristics and not-to-mention a wonderfully distinct set of languages— is still under the firm grip of France, but in…

28 October, 2019

Mailing address? Mailing address!

I have had so many questions on where you can mail letters, this is it! Thank you in advance! Drew Erickson s/c Claire Ba BP 598 Thies CP 21000 Thies, Senegal

16 October, 2019

“How is Africa?”

“How is Africa?” Over the last month/5 weeks/36 days… this question has flooded my texts, phone calls, and DMs. At first, I somehow found the words to answer, but they never felt like they fully expressed an answer to that question. I answered, but it…

06 October, 2019

You Know You are in Senegal When

You know you are in Senegal when… when “bug spray, sunscreen, malaria pill” becomes the most important part of your morning routine when you drift off to sleep to the sound of goats just outside your window when any and every conversation begins with a…

10 September, 2019

The Mind of an Anxious, Pre-departing Fellow

The Big Question: am I crazy or just crazy faithful? This question skips through my head day in and day out as the move to Senegal quickly approaches. In moments of pure joy and excitement, I find a voice in the back of my mind…

20 August, 2019

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