Chicago youth finds common ground in India

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As a black kid growing up in Chicago, some opportunities tend to be more open to me than others. I find aspects of my life experience limited due to my identity, whether or not I recognize it at the time. Continue reading

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Why I’m taking a gap year in Brazil

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Whenever I tell someone about my bridge year plans, they first appear baffled by the term and then flabbergasted by the fact that it doesn’t fit the usual expectations post-high school. Continue reading

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Travel to India builds solidarity between women

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While looking through a photo album of my host mother’s wedding day, I learned that she was 17-years-old the day she was arranged to marry a 30-year-old man from another village whom she did not know. Continue reading

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One soldier’s life gives perspective to sacrifice of D-Day

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“How do you give a eulogy for someone you never met?” I picked a Polish immigrant as my silent hero. He was a true stranger at first, but he had a story and I was going to find it. Continue reading

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Chicago to India: Finding hope in Delhi’s slums

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Chicago and the slums of India are similar. As you walk through each community, you see despair in both. But in India, I saw something I would have never thought was possible — I saw unity in poverty. Continue reading

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