Emily Collins

With both parents as music teachers, singing has always been a huge part of Emily's life. She has been a member of the Chorus of Westerly for ten years, and she is also very involved at school. She is looking forward to merging her two passions of traveling and learning about cultures with Global Citizen Year. She is very interested in human rights and diversity, and she loves to hike, read, journal, and swim in the ocean.


Beautiful Reality

Song As my time here is beginning to come to an end, and realizations of college being my new upcoming reality, I can’t help but think what it is this experience has done for me. I know I’ve changed in many ways; various means that I will never even realize have altered. I’ve been gone…

14 April, 2013

Donne-moi une cadeu

In the amount of time it takes me to run to the island of Fadiouth and back, I hear an overwhelming amount of ‘toubab’ or foreigner, something like word throw up for many people I have encountered. Recently the phrase, “donne-moi une cadeu,” or give me a gift has also been commonly said. Give me…

11 March, 2013

To The Moon

In the 1950’s, a radio show came out to inspire Americans in a time of uncertainty. “This I Believe” has currently been reawakened, and even brought into the form of a book. People from all across the United States can write about all forms of love they have possessed in their lives. I was smart…

26 February, 2013

A Day in the Life

I wake up slow. Drifting between my dream and reality, I let my mind slowly awaken before my body. I turn off my alarm, gradually lifting my body and do a series of stretches before I even open my eyes. I give myself time each morning to reflect on the day that passed, and prepare…

09 January, 2013

My Journey to Senegal

Here’s the link to watch my video about my first few months in Senegal!

17 December, 2012

The Bubble Is Back

You know that feeling of pure happiness? Where you feel a bubble inside you begin to light and spread throughout each cell within you? The light shines threw in the form or a smile and the sound of a laugh. That feeling of having pure satisfaction and being content within. Where in a single moment…

14 November, 2012

Ndak ndank moy japp gole ci nay

It is all about the pace and patience. I am learning rather quickly how slow the pace of Senegalese culture is, and how important patience is. I can already hear my family at home laughing at the idea of me living in a world surrounded by patience. Always antsy and wondering what is next on the agenda, it has become…

10 October, 2012

Senses of Senegal

I see. I see a new world, like nothing I have experienced before. I see people all over the streets outside, or televisions on all day in the house. I’ve discovered women wearing intricate patterns for dresses, men hanging off the back of public transportation buses. I perceive trees with leaves of a brilliant green, and dirt on each…

07 September, 2012

Sat Nam

Sat Nam; Truth is my identity. A yogi mantra that I discovered in my first session of yoga 5 years ago, unaware of how much value it would hold to me in the future. I have always been one to question the way the world works. Why does society hold certain expectations and how have…

10 July, 2012

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