Olivia Orosco

Olivia is passionate about making a difference in the world that she is privileged enough to call home. She is involved in equality as it spans social, political and fiscal realms. She loves the environment and wishes to live in a world where compassion is prized and not trodden. Her goals for the year are to fully immerse herself in a new culture, expand her boundaries beyond the small town in which she grew up, and delve deeper into understanding the world and the way it works outside of her comfort levels. Her favorite quote is, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

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Forever A Little Bit

When I first got here I was extremely reluctant to dance, actually I was extremely reluctant, hesitant, and/or scared to do much of anything. But I’m going to focus on dancing, as it can easily be extrapolated out to represent more broadly my immersion. When…

26 March, 2015

Dear Momma

Wild Geese By Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell…

20 March, 2015

Dec. 9th, Journal Entry

Dec 9, 21hr I had a great trip to Mbour today. It didn’t start out great. In fact, I almost backed out of my plans. Everyone was concerned I was leaving late (15:30) and then, because everyone is headed to Touba (the religious city), there…

30 December, 2014

Dec. 9th, Journal Entry

Dec 9, 21hr I had a great trip to Mbour today. It didn’t start out great. In fact, I almost backed out of my plans. Everyone was concerned I was leaving late (15:30) and then, because everyone is headed to Touba (the religious city), there…

30 December, 2014

Mangi Fi

Momma, I am still here waiting for something profound to happen. To be enlightened, hit with an epiphany, struck by my life’s purpose. So far, the only things I’ve been struck by are rogue soccer balls and disoriented grasshoppers. But I don’t think this “something…

14 November, 2014

P.S. I Ate Onions

Dear momma,Eight am is the perfect time of day here. The sun casts long shadows, it rose not too long ago. The dust from the comings and goings of the previous day has settled, leaving the air fresh. The breeze is crisp, for West Africa….

25 September, 2014

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