by Laura Harvey Barely 24 hours in Brazil, the National Museum of Brazil burnt down. On Sunday evening, the day we completed our 30 hour journey to Florianopolis, it caught fire, and was destroyed by the time we woke up. In the run up to an election, discussion of political […]

Luzia


by David Jiang Sunday, September 2, 2018. For me, the date will always be remembered as a happy one: the start to an exciting eight month bridge-year odyssey. Yet, in the meantime, to the hundreds of millions of Brazilians around the world, September 2 will forever be a day marked […]

Lessons from a History Forever Lost


by Becca Rose I used to think senioritis was a joke. I used to think that my burning yearning curiosity, my insatiable hunger for knowledge, and passion for understanding would never fade, could never fade. And then I hit senior year. Years of school work–standardized tests, SATs, ACTs, APs, and […]

Step Up, Step Back, Lean In



by Ashley Trejo I find myself repeating the phrase of an optimistic yellow sponge from my youth. Well, “youth” may be a bit of a stretch since the silly show can still be found playing on my screens. Nevertheless, “I’m Ready” has been the statement on my mind since mid-May. […]

Channeling my Inner Sponge


by Brenna Trollinger   “I have largely underestimated the brevity and depth of this experience… what if this isn’t worth it?”   This was the first line of my bridge year journal, written by a version of myself who was scared, uncertain and had no idea what this bridge year […]

Finding Community


by Chastidy Vasconez During the holidays, I longed to be back home in Los Angeles. I missed my friends and family, and the thought of flying home filled me with a surge of excitement. I still feel that excitement, but the sentiment is now mixed with feelings of sadness, too. […]

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