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Kyle Healy

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Finishing Strong and the power of Willpower

March 3, 2017

I am so sorry that these are just huge blocks of text. I write all of my blogs on NotePad, so formatting is a little wonky. Finding the strength to finish out my last few months has been extremely challenging. Whether the task is something as trivial as getting out of bed and actually starting my...

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Re-Immersing and the month of January

March 3, 2017

Nothing to bring you back to reality like being attacked by a swarm of bees. You’re probably wondering what I mean by that, and that’s a good question! I’ll try to explain. The past month or so has been relatively difficult for me. I am extremely lucky that my family was able to visit me, but I would...

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Dindefelo and TS2

March 3, 2017

A Week in North Carolina? I spent the past week of my life in the village of Dindefelo, a small town right at the southernmost part of Senegal. Pressed right up against the Guinean border, Dindefello’s name literally translates to “beside a mountain” and the translation is entirely fitting. The week was great, as I got to reconnect with fellows around...

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Wolof Information

January 18, 2017

So, before all of these blogs are posted in chronological order, I would like to give readers some contextual information on Senegalese culture and the language of Wolof. Wolof, originally being a spoken language, has caused many misunderstandings in the short four months that I have been here. For example, the word for “to come”...

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Community Immersion Week

January 18, 2017

Culture Shock. Culture Shock everywhere. I can’t even begin to describe the little discrepancies that I pick out daily between my life here and my life in the states. Or maybe I can begin to describe it, as I will aptly attempt now (please excuse my bizarre narration, I’ve been reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to...

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The End of ICO

January 17, 2017

For those of you who were wondering where my blogs have been for the past few months, they are being uploaded chronologically based on when I wrote them. I am starting with this one from the end of In-Country Orientation, a period of three weeks where we stayed in Dakar to adjust to Senegal while...

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PreDeparture Training: Anxiety and Anticipation

August 26, 2016

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received my acceptance letter to Global Citizen Year. Many thoughts flew through my head as I peeled the adhesive-bound envelope open to take a look at the next 10 months of my life. Thoughts such as “am I ready for this kind of commitment?” and “can I...

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