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The Glamour versus Reality of Living Abroad

Moving to another country – terrifying or a dream come true? Personally, moving abroad didn’t seem to be too stressful initially. To be fair, the preparatory work is a job in itself. I had an

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Ten Reasons Why You Will (Probably, Most Definitely) Fall in Love with Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca's charm is nearly guaranteed to make you fall in love with the city. Cuenca, which signifies valley, is nestled into the base of the Andes mountains. It is located in the south central Sierra

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Setting Intentions

If being healthy is a passion, why is it so hard to remain committed? If nothing makes me feel better than a loaded spinach salad or a beet juice, why do we (ahem, I) always

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To Grad School or To Not?

The following is an excerpt from a scholarship essay I wrote during my graduate career at American University. I was posed with the question – what is a significant challenge you have faced during your

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Moving Abroad – Taking a Leap & Embracing the Unknown

I spent the summer of 2015 in Cuenca, Ecuador working at a shelter for victims of domestic violence and taking Spanish classes. Little did I know that my first week in Ecuador would rattle everything

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Exploring Ecuadorian Popular Social Movements & Intersections of Nonviolent Tactics

This research explores how the tactics of nonviolence are used differently depending on their origin within a singular campaign or social movement in Ecuador.  In doing so, this writing analyzes the origin and reasoning behind

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Can we Measure Reconciliation?

Measuring reconciliation provides a challenge for the field because it is both a process and an outcome with a multitude of definitions attached. While there are many logistics and loopholes that need to be addressed

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Religion and the Existence of Multiple Truths

Religion is a powerful phenomenon – it carries the potential to construct peace, unify communities, fuel allegiance and hatred of the other, and, most mysteriously, allows for a glimpse of the beauty in our universe.

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Conflict, Memory, and Dealing with the Past

Dealing with the past is both a personal and communal process that requires activation of the mind and the heart. After a traumatic experience or conflict there is pressure to move forward away from the

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Forgiveness: A Case Study on Sierra Leone

Forgiveness as an element of reconciliation can be a transformative moment that shifts focus from a traumatic past to a future of possibilities. Forgiveness can be presented in numerous forms: a personal apology, a confession,

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