Noah Hapke

Noah Hapke is passionate about music, performing, and leadership. He is a singer and tap dancer, a thriving leader in both education and business, and an advocate for human equality. His passion for learning has taken him to Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and all around the United States. His goals for the year are learning the Spanish and Kichwa language, working alongside other business leaders, and establishing new relationships with different people and their cultures. His favorite quote is by the band, Lucius: "Nobody knows how loud the heart gets."

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…From Being Home

I'm writing this in a collection of days, because I simply have not been able to formulate my words about being back home. I'm writing this from my bedroom back in Huntington Beach, California; from the kitchen table with my coffee, and cat sitting next…

13 May, 2016

What I’ve Learned

If I were to list every individual aspect of growth that I have seen in myself this year, this would be a very long(er) blog. From overall global perspective to my favorite act of showing “curiosity before judgement” to maintaining self-awareness, this year has given…

26 March, 2016

Mis Amigos (a poem)

Back in Training Seminar 2 (TS2), in one of our many sessions, we focused on Storytelling but through a lense that we are not necessarily comfortable with. I spent an hour looking through old Renaissance paintings, observing specific color schemes and author's intentions, and recognizing…

12 February, 2016

The Struggle with Gender: An Article from a Genderqueer Individual Living in Ecuador

If you may remember, a couple months ago I wrote a blog about being gay and appearing to be “straight” in my community of San Juan. My standpoint on the matter still holds firmly, as I see no need to express this part about me…

28 December, 2015

Expectations: A Christmas Edition

When I envisioned my ‘Ecua-Christmas’ I didn’t really know what to prepare for in all honesty. In California where I am from, my family always gathers at my Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve to prepare a nice Italian dinner and open presents together. Then, the…

28 December, 2015

I love teaching

When I came to Oakland (over 4 months ago) I knew I wanted to teach. Of course, my understanding of what teaching abroad actually meant was very limited, considering I had practically no teaching experience as well as zero knowledge of how to communicate in…

16 December, 2015

It’s Been 3 Months…

It’s crazy to think it has already been over three months. I initially would write ‘I have been away from home,’ but I have come to find that San Juan has become my home. To wake up every morning, having a bladder more than full,…

22 November, 2015

“I’m A Baby”

Driving to Sayausi for the day, bus after bus, taxi after taxi, all I knew about the schedule was that we, Charlotte, Emery, Gabrielle, and I, were going somewhere to reforest something. This explanation basically sums up all things Ecuador, going somewhere unclear with little…

27 October, 2015

Sick

This article I bring to you is exactly as the title states: sick. The medical, physical, and emotional level of having lesser strength, mental capacity, and/or understanding of reality. However, yesterday was quite the opposite. On Thursday, during one of my English classes, I noticed…

16 October, 2015

Dear Future Fellow,

Let me just start out by saying, “Congratulations! You’ve already taken a giant leap just by thinking about taking a bridge year!” The fact you’re interested and pursuing possibly a different pathway mean’s that you’re ready.     Senior year is a crazy one for…

09 October, 2015

The Atheist Goes to Church

When I first had the idea to write this blog, I actually started with this title. I debated about titling it “Take Me [An Atheist] to Church” in honor of Hozier, but I didn’t think many people would get it. And, whereas this title is…

06 October, 2015

The Power of Music

It’s no surprise that I’m writing this while listening to music. Sitting on my bed in my mom’s gigantic pancho, playing some Lykke Li with my headphones in my ears and the coldness surrounding the rest of me. When I’m sad, or rather just thinking…

01 October, 2015

The Struggle with Sexuality: An Article from an Openly Gay Individual Living in Ecuador

  If you had asked me if I was going to come out to my host family in Ecuador last year, or even last month, I would have said “duh” and left it at that.   But now, it just doesn’t really matter.   During…

26 September, 2015

My First Day as an English Teacher

I woke up yesterday to the sound of dozens of howling dogs and cah-cah-ing roosters. I climbed out of bed and put my feet on the freezing, wooden floor, only to walk down the stairs and outside to wash my hair and teeth. I went…

22 September, 2015

Where’s Johnny?

This morning, the alarm rang at 5:00am sharp. I got up, showered, put on some clothes, packed my bag, and was off to Estacion Norte. From there, Madi, Miyo, Rose, and I transferred to another bus that took us on a two-hour adventure through the…

21 September, 2015

I am not homesick.

I am excited. I am excited to return home and share these old and new stories with my friends and family. I am excited to look in the mirror and see a changed me. I am excited to head to San Francisco for college. I…

19 September, 2015

Feliz viernes!

Or, in English, happy Friday! I can’t believe I’ve only been in Quito for a week. Maybe it’s because of this Ecua-time. I live on the hustle-bustle street of Av. Américan, which lies right in the heart of Quito. Every morning I wake up to…

04 September, 2015

A Journal Entry Into Mindfulness

It’s about time to leave for Quito, and the transformation is already extraordinary. Sitting in the Redwoods, my back against a sixty-five foot tree, I have began to learn that comfort lies within one’s self, probably, more than expected. Leaving my home in Huntington Beach,…

27 August, 2015

Comfort

When I look back at the past nineteen years of my life, an abundance of memories immediately flock my head. Singing in front of sold-out audiences. Dipping strawberries into delicious chocolate for people. Getting pure joy out of making four clicks when I punch my…

24 August, 2015

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