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Erica Anderson

After an eye-opening visit to rural Uganda, Erica has been dedicated to addressing issues of poverty around the world, serving for two years as president of Students Helping Eliminate Poverty and Hunger at Ames High School. Erica is also dedicated to the arts, spending her time leading the marching band as a drum major, playing bassoon in the band and orchestra, and performing mime pieces that she has written and directed herself.


The Moon XVIII

March 12, 2012

Funny enough, it took a trip to Senegal to have my first tarot card reading. I was lucky to not only have my American parents visit me in January, but also Lukas’s mother, who came to stay with us in our village for a week. In addition to her refreshing company, she was also kind...

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The Walls Came Tumbling Down

January 30, 2012

When I first started at Le Verger, I thought I had found an apprenticeship in paradise. My original placement in the school system turned out to be stressful and blinding, exactly what I didn’t want; the only direction I could see was OUT. I asked my host dad and fairy godfather if he could find...

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The Americans Are Coming!

January 13, 2012

Dear Mom and Dad,  You are preparing to come visit me in Senegal in a few days’ time.  My family and I cannot wait to see you in person and I know you are more than excited to take this thrilling journey; one that I think is unparalleled in your lives in terms of adventure,...

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The Name Game

December 11, 2011

Three things about names in Senegal: #1. Senegal has weird names. The most common name for women is Fatou, which is also the Wolof word for “death”. I haven’t deciphered the meaning. Some men are called Magget, the Wolof word for old person”. Why someone would call a baby “Old Person” is beyond me

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“It’s Great”

September 16, 2011

In the process of keeping sporadic correspondence with my family and friends at home in the States, a lot of people have been asking me, “so how is Senegal?” There could not be a more unanswerable question; it feels approximately equivalent to being asked “what is the meaning of life?” Sometimes I choose to respond...

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The Cost of Living

August 25, 2011

Five dollars a day is not enough to make a life, let alone a very lighthearted afternoon. This Monday, the Global Citizen Year fellows were shipped into the heart of San Francisco to try and better understand urban poverty in the United States. We were split up among two neighborhoods, the Tenderloin and the Mission....

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“Follow your bliss”

July 6, 2011

A few months ago, I was inspired by a simple phrase I heard in an interview of the late Joseph Campbell, a man who devoted his life to studying ancient myths. From his analysis of global texts and his own life experience, his best advice for living life was to “follow your bliss.” I clicked...

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