Emma Anderson

Emma loves to travel and has spent a lot of time abroad. In 2009, she went on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico to build houses for impoverished families, and in 2011 she participated in a German Exchange program. She hopes that her Global Citizen Year will further her love of travel and dedication to service work around the world. She enjoys hiking, biking, playing her bagpipe, and reading Beat poetry.

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the colour of my skin: thoughts on diversity

I am awoken each morning by the sounds of Arabic prayer calls piercing out from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque into the thick, clicking dark. Not a day goes by that I don’t make a baby cry or a donkey cart-driving seven year-old squeal out “Toubab!” in sickening delight based solely on the fact…

10 July, 2013

Colonization and Senegal

Colonization and Its Legacy The world is in a constant state of flux. Empires rise and fall while the nations of the conquered seen to fade back in the shadows of their conquerors. The history of the dominating Romans pervades our ideas of the ancient world and it has always been from the perspective of…

10 July, 2013

Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out: The Un-Official Gap Year Motto

Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out: Discovering the Difference Between Knowledge and Understanding ““Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. “Tune in” meant interact harmoniously with the world around you – externalize,…

09 July, 2013

As Soon As I Wake Up

Saturday 2nd February 2013  Place Marietu, 11:52 am  Baby Astu rolls back, smacking her perky wet lips, and stares up at me over her mothers broad shoulder. She stretches out her long-nailed fingers toward the table standing directly in the center of a small shack walled by tin roofing slats. Its palm roof, supported by crossbeams…

23 April, 2013

Time has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine

Once upon a time, two young global citizens named Aissatou and Aminta, thoroughly exhausted with the prospects of chilling in their respective Senegalese family’s compounds all day, decided to go on an adventure. Their illustrious plan was to meet at a particularly convenient hotspot and from there catch a bus to a small village approximately…

26 October, 2012

Safari: The Way of Life.

So much has changed in my life since I left the United States. I finished with Fall Training on August 29th and boarded the plane for New York that evening. We spent the next day using a 17 hour layover to visit Little Dakar in New York and taste the official dish of Senegal –…

02 October, 2012

Tey Foot ~ “Laundry Day”

Thursday is laundry day here in Dakar. I have worn three pairs of pants and four shirts in the last seven days. Laundry day only comes once a week so you can trace everything that has happened to me in the past week through the stains on my clothing. There are coca cola spills from…

28 September, 2012

Dancing in the African Rain

My name is Emma Anderson and my favorite color is blue. Blue like the color my left knee turned after I collided with another player during my last soccer match of high school and tore my ACL and meniscus and fractured my femur the second day of November 2011. Blue like the ocean in Senegal,…

11 July, 2012

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