Church Bells in the Desert: a Homecoming
The Namib desert, Namibia.
One year ago today, I woke up in Namibia to the sound of church bells. I could not remember the last time I had heard such a sweet sound. It rang so clear and cheerfully above the still town of Swakopmund. Surrounding the town is the Namib desert, which means “vast place.” It is a land swept dry from south African winds, which have lost all their moisture and nutrients by the time they’ve reached Namibia’s west coast. The tan […] 2 comments
What Is Real?
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What is real? This is a mildly existential opinion piece, but I will ease you into it. Most of us grew up with the Internet. We remember the dial up tone, and only being allowed to use it during certain hours because of its exclusivity. We got our first phones that we could use for texting and calling, and if we were tech-savvy enough, we could create or own ringtones (mine was Toxic by Britney Spears, recorded straight from my […] 0 comments
Why I Gave up Social Media
It has been about a year and a half now, and the SnapChat world continues to live on without me. I have to admit, I have been tempted more than once to re-enter the society of SnapChat but here I am, sticking to my guns, and now I’m going to tell you guys why. I am stating the obvious, but just because this was true for me, does not mean it is true for you. You could have this incredible […] 0 comments
Why was Semester at Sea Banned?
Semester at Sea's spring of 2015 voyage pose on the back three decks of the MV Explorer as they close their trip around the world, finally docking in Southampton, England.
Vanguard is no longer allowing students to participate in the Semester at Sea study abroad program. It’s removal marks the untimely end of an educational experience like none other. Cutting ties with a program that has been revered and loved by Vanguard students for decades demands a powerful and clear explanation. After speaking with the new Director of Global Education and Outreach, however, it remains unclear whether such a dogged decision is justified. No other study abroad programs have been […] 4 comments