Stand By Me

When asking a class of grade 5 students the question, “what makes a great friend?” Christina and I received some truly genuine and heartfelt answers. We were told a great friend is “someone you have happiness with every day; someone who is honest, trustworthy, thankful, kind, supportive.” A great friend “greets you every day, tells…

Goodbye Namibia

As I am writing my last blog post I am sitting on the couch in my host-family’s sitting room. My host dad, mom, sister and I are watching BBC news. The anchor was just discussing the boys who were saved in the Thai cave rescue. My time in Namibia is coming to a close; Hannah…

You Don’t Have to Look in the Mirror

Of course, we’re in a society where looks matter. People are judged, discriminated against, killed and some given privileges for merely what is on the outside. I used to make it a point to carry myself as though I was on a fashion show. Full face of makeup, the nicest clothes and shoes and a…

Money Matters

Something I’ve had conflicting feelings about during my time here is how I’ve been spending my money and how I’ve felt around money here in Nepal in general. Things are, as one would expect, quite a bit cheaper here. Sometimes, our lunch, a big platter of rice and fixings, chicken and naan only costs 150…

I See You

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be seen, acknowledged, and understood. When I’m in the US I feel as though the only visibility those who look like me get is when we’ve been discriminated against or chastised or shot by another police man. Most of the time I feel as though…

What is Real Power?

Adulthood finally hits me the moment that I found myself sitting in the teacher’s lounge, reviewing the last day of Migrant Education summer camp. I am surrounded by teachers that are discussing the pros and cons of this year program, sharing their own experience with their classes. To me it seemed ridiculous at that moment…

Growing Up is Hard to Do

“Well, what kind of things did you worry about when you were a teenager?” Marcus* asked me. We were in the middle of one of what has grown into many long talks. Over the last four weeks of our time with the Migrant Ed program, Marcus has become progressively more comfortable with confiding in us….