Sophia Youngdahl

Sophia is passionate about the stars, language, and the innate connection between all human beings, among other things. She is involved in programs in her community focusing on connection with and acceptance of children with disabilities, and she serves as an interpreter for non-profits in Honduras that focus on spreading education and making medical supplies more readily available. Her goals for this year are to find a connection that surpasses language barriers and to learn from every person she meets. Her favorite quote is "Don't take anything too seriously just yet" from a really cool lady she met on a bus once.



I found grains of sand in my tennis shoes the other day. It was not a particularly large amount nor overwhelming; a few grains simply tumbled out of my shoes and onto my carpeted floor. They were out of sight in seconds. As I continued to unpack, I found more sand – in my suitcase,…

25 May, 2019

at a loss

Being back here brings with it a strange sort of serendipity; the type that creeps into my mind in fleeting moments and instills within me a feeling of closure. Most times, however, it seems as though I am grasping at memories that are slipping through my hands like sand. It frustrates me to no end;…

21 May, 2019

thoughts before i said goodbye

From my journal, 23 March 2019… when goodbye was still a fleeting idea I cannot define what force holds me here What roots I have somehow discovered Curling their way upwards to the sunlight Seemingly carved into existence By red clay And ancient hands, A face with crinkles when she smiles and the belt of…

18 April, 2019

From my Journal, 13th December 2018

Teranga. I feel as though I am surrounded in warmth. I know I am as sweat careens down my cheek, making pathways in the light dusting of sand that has laid there to rest from its windy whereabouts. It is more than that simple, easily defined warmth, however;  it is a peculiar one, a delectable…

02 February, 2019

the Total Myth of "Finding Yourself" and Why You Should Never do it

In the months before coming to Senegal, the thing I searched for the most was clarity. Clarity within myself, clarity in what the heck I was about to do with my life, clarity pertaining to who I would become and what would change over the course of eight months abroad. I don’t quite know what…

09 January, 2019

A Thought and a Poem

    It is my fifth day in Senegal. This week has been filled with wonderful memories, late nights, new knowledge, and countless greetings of “salamaliekum” when passing by someone on the street. It seems like a dream; I am staying in a hotel with some of my closest friends, exploring Dakar, learning so many new things,...

12 September, 2018

Sophia Youngdahl First Blog!

Home. A word we all long for, a feeling we all seek to create, a place where a mind can settle and a heart can breathe a sigh of relief. Over the course of our lives we discover many, each with a distinct taste or flooding memory that forever holds a part of us there….

13 August, 2018

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