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Rosie Fitzsimmons

Rosie is passionate about both local and international service work. She was an officer of a service program called BuildOn in which she contributed over 100 volunteer hours through service projects including her local food bank or environmental restoration of a local park. Through this same program, she was able to live with a host family in Nepal for two weeks to help build the foundation of a new school for the village. She was also head of the Culture and Community department of her Leadership class in high school, which worked to unify and support her student body. Her goals for the year are to immerse herself in a new culture, become fluent in Spanish, and to learn life skills that will better prepare her for college and beyond. I am inspired by young people my age dedicated to making their own individual impact on the world we live in.

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Apparently, I’m on TV…

July 9, 2015

I awoke to see three missed calls on my phone and could hear ‰ÛÏBuenas noches,‰Û being repeated from my front door from a familiar voice. Admittedly it was only about 9:00pm, but it‰Ûªs surprising how late that feels when it gets pitch black by 7:00pm and the rooster insists on waking you up at 5:30am...

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Feliz Navidad

July 9, 2015

That week alone, I had read 3 novels. I don’t think I’ve ever read and completed 3 whole novels in even a year. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but, honestly, not by much. Point being, I’m far from an avid reader. But I felt like I had no other option. It‰Ûªs amazing how...

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Dear Jesica

July 9, 2015

Dear Jesi, We were talking during one of our lectures about what we did when things got hard during our year, how we reflected and calm down after faced with a challenge. Everyone said things like they went for a run alone, they climbed a mountain or a tree alone, they meditated alone – preferring...

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Coming Home

July 9, 2015

Coming home was when my Global Citizen Year really began. In the weeks proceeding my departure, I was so overwhelmed with making final lesson plans for my students and planning out all my goodbyes for everyone who had shaped my experience, that I didn’t take much time for myself to reflect and actually comprehend that...

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Coming Home

June 30, 2015

Coming home was when my Global Citizen Year really began.     In the weeks proceeding my departure, I was so overwhelmed with making final lesson plans for my students and planning out all my goodbyes for everyone who had shaped my experience, that I didn’t take much time for myself to reflect and actually...

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Dear Jesica

June 30, 2015

Dear Jesi, We were talking during one of our lectures about what we did when things got hard during our year, how we reflected and calm down after faced with a challenge. Everyone said things like they went for a run alone, they climbed a mountain or a tree alone, they meditated alone – preferring...

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Feliz Navidad

June 30, 2015

That week alone, I had read 3 novels. I don’t think I’ve ever read and completed 3 whole novels in even a year. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but, honestly, not by much. Point being, I’m far from an avid reader. But I felt like I had no other option. It’s amazing how...

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Apparently, I’m on TV…

June 24, 2015

I awoke to see three missed calls on my phone and could hear Buenas noches

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A La Cruz

June 2, 2015

I had already been living in my homestay for about 3 weeks before I met my host-dad. I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I sat across from him that morning for breakfast engaging in basic conversation when I asked, solely out of curiosity, about the giant cross atop a prominent mountain far off in...

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Finally, My Explanation

September 17, 2014

At the beginning of the year, I had my mind set on making the more practical choice and going to community college whilst living at home. Now I’m going to be living in another country for the next 7 months. Nowadays the huge expense of college has convinced our generation that no time can be...

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