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Category: Identity

So…let’s talk about money

 I don’t even want to say how much I’ve spent in these past two months. It’s…a lot of money. And since I’m studying in...
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What I Learned About Traveling in Europe

Europe is unbelievably small, especially for someone who’s traveled to most of the Midwest by car. I’ve taken two road trips from Chicago down...
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A group of chain-smokers and I walk onto the beach…

Sand. Everywhere. Such a common complaint after a full weekend on the beach. On Friday night, when I arrived at Viareggio, the sun was...
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Letter to my lil bro: Reflection on my experiences

During my stay in Winneba, Ghana, there were many times I felt immersed into the culture.  As an African American whose African heritage has...
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A Place to Call Home? Exploring African American identity in Ghana

Every time I walk to the Challenging Heights School in Winneba, there is a group of children that shout with excitement to see me....
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Adult Life: Just Cooking and Cars

What type of car insurance do I buy? How long do I cook chicken breast for? Is it okay to keep eggs in the...
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Traveling Tips While Abroad

Even before arriving in-country for my summer program, I knew that costs would add up the more I went out and traveled. However, I...
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Being Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable

When looking at study abroad programs during the Fall, I was conflicted as to what program I should apply for. Two summers ago, I...
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Taking Time To Listen

After five days of embracing sweat as a state of being, the Hanoi weather seemed to cool off (to a cool 90 degrees) just...
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A Journey to Global Citizenship

Joel Alvarez-Rinconeño, Study Abroad ’17 & ’18, Northwestern ’19 Sociology, English Going into Northwestern, I never expected to go abroad, let alone THREE times....
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