2017-2018 Fellows


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. […]

Familia


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by Rujen Amatya A year ago, I was a social media addict. I loved using Facebook, Instagram and, Snapchat. I enjoyed sharing updates through my photo and video posts. I was often busy with my cell phone messaging friends and being updated about the lives of hundreds of followers. However, […]

Why I quit social media



by Nadia Rosales All my life I have been Mexican. Through the years, I have had to grapple with what that means, globally and otherwise. I have had a rough time shaking off stereotypes, but my identity was always on the defensive- I was always proving that I was Mexican, […]

On Being Mexican in Nicaragua


by Linnea Otto “Here is your food, my queen.” Doña Violet beamed to a child who stood barely taller than her knees. Her voice held such a tone of reverence that it seemed she was truly speaking to royalty. The child responded with a goofy smile, showing the gaps in […]

An Angel


by Chastidy Vasconez Last week I tagged along with my friend to her placement at Fundacion Mundo Sin Barreras—a disabilities house that supports people of ranging conditions, providing them with computer, art, and music classes, along with occupational therapy. I had the opportunity to sit in on a music class […]

Mundo Sin Barreras