Rebecca Rose

Becca is participating in Global Citizen Year through our partnership with the Tufts 1+4 program. Becca is passionate about political activism, martial arts, and travel. <br/>She is involved in issue-based campaigns addressing criminal justice reform, local homelessness, and the dehumanization of marginalized communities in mainstream political discourse, among other issues. She looks forward to exploring how these issues translate across cultural lines and understanding how the community interfaces with these issues. Her goals for the year include participating in meaningful service, learning Portuguese, and studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Capoeira. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead


Owning Happiness

It’s my last night in Brazil and I’m….happy? I set aside time tonight to write something profound. A pontification on life’s beginnings and ends, a graceful foray through my best memories in Brazil, and the things I’ll miss most of all, hammering the keys as tears stream down my face. And yet it’s here and…

29 April, 2019

Grappling with Gravity: Capoeira

Capoeira is art in motion. It’s dance, it’s gymnastics, it’s martial arts. When performed well, it’s two bodies moving as one in harmony. It starts with the premise of constant motion. A simple back and forth step called ginga is the foundation of everything else; stop moving, and you get got. From this base it…

25 December, 2018

A Reflection on Fear

Disclaimer: I fully understand and respect each individual’s right to interpret political landscapes as they will. The following is not the right answer. It’s simply my simplified understanding of extraordinarily complex political dynamics. Brazil, as with much of South America and elsewhere, has repeatedly struggled with corrupt politicians in the government. In 2003, PT (Partido…

26 October, 2018

Murphy’s Law and Earning my Cumin: Flight.

I used to love airports, firmly holding onto a Love Actually-esque romanticized view of hubs for gravity-defying transit, international exchange, and simply harmonious human coexistence. Below is, well, not that. There’s no deep meaning. No profound analyzation. Just a bafflingly long insight into the experience of a chronic schlimazel. Read at your own will. Part…

13 September, 2018

Reflections on the Unknown: Afundar ou Nadar

I'm on my way to my host family right now. I wish I could say I wasn't sweating it. I wish I could say I was cool as a cucumber, secure in my knowledge of the Portuguese I devoutly studied. Confident in my ability to navigate this new city, eager to connect with my host…

07 September, 2018

Step Up, Step Back, Lean In

I used to think senioritis was a joke. I used to think that my burning yearning curiosity, my insatiable hunger for knowledge, and passion for understanding would never fade, could never fade. And then I hit senior year. Years of school work–standardized tests, SATs, ACTs, APs, and GPAs, every acronym that sought to reduce intellectual…

26 August, 2018

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