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Notes while in Senegal/ Annotations en francais aussi
Josue Morales Vivas
Things not to forget about Mboro: I look around and realize there aren’t car garages in the neighborhood. There aren’t many cars. Instead, an economically stable family would have a horse-drawn vehicle, which still is, one of the main sources of transportation. Holidays are interesting. Today was the Magal fest. But everything has closed since...Read More
El Gato En La Oscuridad
Cuando era un chiquillo que alegría; Jugando a la guerra noche y día, Saltando una verja verte a ti y así en tus ojos algo nuevo descubrí. Las rosas decían que eras mía; Y un gato me hacia compañía, Desde que me dejaste yo no se porque la ventanada es mas grande sin tu amor. El gato que esta en nuestro...Read More
One month breathing has got me where?
I haven’t quite liked coming home. There have been moments of course, where happiness and familiarity and home flood into me like a long past due breath of oxygen, and I wonder where all my sticky resistance to this place comes from, and how I’ve gone so long without my family and my room and...Read More
THE PEOPLE WE MEET AGAIN
On the flip side of being fortune to have wonderful people come into your life there is a straining process attached having to say goodbye to all the people who pass in and out of your life. It was in early April when I spent my last Senegalese days at the farm of the Mbaye family that I learned the importance of how to say goodbye to...Read More
This is how I will save the world.
Indiana Nunez Sharer
When I was young, I wanted to save the world. Before falling asleep I would lay in the darkness of my room hearing the movement of my fan as it rotated in uncoordinated circles. I didn’t know how I would create this change, but I imagined myself there, anywhere, feeling the splendor of...Read More
THERE IS ALWAYS A BOWL OF RICE
I have attended a good amount of awkward dinners. The times are plentiful where I have unintentionally crashed a dinner and nobody has had the courage to tell me to leave. Leaving me to awkwardly sit at the dinner table feeling like an imposter and picking up on the subtle hint that tells me that the dinner was intended for someone other...Read More
The last slide on the powerpoint presentation that I’m giving to Coach Biggers’ class has the title “What I learned”, which is followed by three easy bullet points: • “Global perspective” – acknowledging and changing my “lens” • Spanish • Integrate the things I like about Ecuadorian culture into my life Global perspective to me...Read More
A MOTHER’S RECOGNITION
When I told my host mother I was soon to leave Senegal, she paused for a second and said she would cry an awful lot. I was sure this was a true sign of her appreciating me. She took a second pause and told me to send her 500 euros as soon as I would get home. I...Read More
After spending almost a year away from what seems to be normality to an individual I was over the top excited to get home. At some point in my year I even counted down the days that would lead to me being home. At that point in time I had not experienced the journey of...Read More
I Wish I could find a Remedy
Even when you think that you have said too many goodbyes in you life and that one more wont affect you I ask you to think again. When I think back to a year before this experience I was not this attached to the people that I met this year, I even had no idea...Read More
I always tend to believe that we are all journeying through life and we have to g through certain rights of passage that are considered as normal. However on the other hand I still decided to take a bridge year that would bridge my past, my present experience and my future in which in my...Read More
Why don’t more students take gap years?
Are you thinking about taking a bridge/gap year after high school, but keep running into doubts and self-discouraging thoughts? Here are 4 reasons to put away those excuses and get ready for adventure! Just a year ago, I was contemplating whether I should follow the norm by going to college after high school or...Read More