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Leave So That You May Return

A few weeks ago, before leaving the villa in Riva San Vitale, I wrote a post about what I thought I had learned during my semester abroad. I came up with the post after looking at my list of goals for the semester that I had written back in October, and thinking about which of […]

Kronor, Kune, and Dirhams: Lessons from a semester of travel

I have had the exceptional opportunity of visiting 15 countries over the past four months, and I have become infinitely more comfortable¬†exploring¬†foreign cultures, practicing nonverbal communication, and constantly¬†converting currencies in my head. As I reflect on what I’ve gained from this semester, I have realized that the most important lessons I have learned have come […]

Actively Caring for People: A bracelet to live by

About a year ago, I heard Justin Graves (a fellow student at Virginia Tech) explaining Actively Caring for People, a movement with a pay-it-forward philosophy urging people to show and appreciate kindness every day. As I understand it, it works by encouraging people to give green wristbands to people who are kind in ways that […]