Walking down the streets of Cusco me and my friends were shocked to see rainbow flags flying everywhere. On every corner and in front of every business there was a flag flying, including in the main square at the center of town. We thought we finally had found the holy grail of LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
Study abroad may be advertised to all college students, but exactly what types of students apply and go abroad? While at the Global Student Leadership Summit, one of my main focuses was how to make study abroad a more inclusive experience. I believe a common misconception at Marymount and other institutions is that only students who are upper-middle or upper class are able to study abroad, which feeds into the stigma that study abroad is not an experience of valuable cultural exchange, but a semester-long vacation from college. Thus, we must ask ourselves “What students are we leaving out of the conversation?” Continue reading
Christmas is my favorite season, but it honestly doesn’t feel like the Christmas season until you go through Thanksgiving. I hadn’t realized how much I depend on Thanksgiving to transition to Christmas until now. Thanksgiving with my family is a very traditional one. My entire family (extended and all) gathers at one home for turkey and pie. Our family gatherings are always so fun and never entail family drama. Though we are close, we have never been the ones to go around the table and say what we were thankful for. We may not vocally say what we are thankful for, but we spend the whole day catching up on each other’s lives. Since I wasn’t able to celebrate with my family, I was lucky enough to spend the day with new friends. Continue reading