Student Blogger Study USA

Navigating Assumptions

When I see someone who does not have what I have, I think “they probably want x, y, and z because I enjoy/have those things.” Because of my experience, imagining new housing and coffee shops sounds like a great way to bring people out of a mode of survival in the Jackson neighborhood where we stayed, but that’s because I’m only seeing the neighborhood from MY lens. How would I have ever been able to guess their needs? Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Entering Spaces

Think of where you are sitting/standing right now and all the other people who have occupied that same space. Now think that those people were property to another human being. My eyes saw the same fields stretching out in front of me. My skin felt the same Louisiana sun beating down. The weight of past lives that have been lived and injustices that have been suffered hit me like a semi truck. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Happiness in Dublin

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Giorgia Piantanida will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland program this spring semester. Giorgia is a junior at Swarthmore College, double-majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies. Read on for […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

First Impressions of Ecuador

After talking to my professors and finding out that the classes would count towards both my Spanish and Sociology majors, I decided to go for it. After I did a quick google search on Ecuador and found out that it had mountains, rainforests, and beaches, I was sold. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Learning as a Collective about Inequality in America

When people ask me what the Inequality in America program is, time and time again I fail to feel as though I have given a fulfilling answer. This is because we are learning so dang much. In February alone, we have learned everything from the benefits of asset-based mapping to the effect that poverty has on cortisol levels. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Love Among the Mangroves – More from Emily in Ecuador

Writing this in the back of the bus, as we wind our way through the mountains and back to Quito, I have mixed emotions. I’m angry at the corporate greed and consumer shortsightedness that threatens the mangroves, and worried about this ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. But I’m also so grateful... Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Two weeks to go! – Michaela on leaving New Zealand

For the past month, I have been working at my internship site, Conscious Consumers, three days a week. At this internship I was lucky enough to help them with their launch in the UK. At this internship I was able to gain marketing, communication, and sales experience while seeing what it would like to work at a small organization with a sustainable mission. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Unlocking Group Power: Social and Political Participation

In HECUA’s Inequality in America program we draw on Paul Loeb’s book Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times to dismantle the feelings of powerlessness that keep people from engaging in social movements. Loeb writes about the “false myth” that a person taking a political stand has to be a “larger-than-life figure—someone with more time, energy, courage, vision, or knowledge than any normal person could ever possess.” Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Lost in Translation: Becca in Northern Ireland

Since I’m a native English speaker studying abroad in an English-speaking place, many people would assume language would not be at the front my mind. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

The views from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – Michaela’s story

We drove to Cambridge, where we visited the farm of Jeanette Fitzsimons, a former Member of Parliament and co-leader of the Green Party of New Zealand. Before venturing to our next location, Raglan, we stopped at Maungatautari Ecological Island, where we learned about conservation efforts in New Zealand. Throughout this trip, we learned about both Māori and Pakeha (European) perspectives on complex issues such as farming, conservation, and world views. Read More »

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