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Digesting My Last Few Weeks

As I’ve mentioned in the first two blogs, I’m presently very much indebted to the PLA and many other institutions in the form of overdue blog posts, thank-you letters, and general gratitude. As a part of my summer-long blogging requirement for PLA, I would like to...

Reflecting on Kenya

As I’ve finally sat down to reflect on my recent trip to Kenya in any amount of detail, I’m filled with an incredible amount of gratitude for everyone who helped to make this trip possible. I’m incredibly blessed to have such strong institutional support of my...

Reflecting on Tanzania

As I finally have found time to reflect on my experience in Tanzania, I can say it was an extremely eye-opening experience that helped me put my privilege and opportunities into perspective. More than that, Tanzania – and the girls at the SEGA All-Girls School...

A Lot to Discover! (See What I Did There?)

I am back again and ready to begin another blog series, this time about my third internship overall during my college career and the third internship that the PLA has so generously supported. Though it’s a lot of writing, I’m appreciative of the chance to write these...

The Elusive City of Amsterdam

I thought I’d use this blog to talk about something a little different: the hard part of traveling abroad. I know it’s easy to see these blogs and my social media and think everything is rosy in my life. And for the most part? It really has been amazing...

A Presidential Parting

Since becoming a member of the PLA in April 2016, I have written approximately 54 blogs. During that time, I believe I have grown as a writer to be better at concisely expressing points and intertwining a few ideas into what I find to be a relevant and engaging topic....

This is the End

Hold your breath and count to ten. Because graduation is coming. This blog post is coming at you late, but these past few weeks have honestly been pretty sh***y. I thought that after I was finished with my thesis the semester would be smooth sailing, but it hasn’t...

The Cycle of Disappointment to Politics

Democracy is a concept that people are able to determine their own affairs, that people are able to freely and equally participate in politics, and that people have their sovereignty to discuss public affairs and come up with solutions. However, I have noticed a...

A Weekend in Auld Reekie

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect of Edinburgh, but I didn’t expect to completely fall in love with the city as I did. Edinburgh is easily among my favorite places I’ve visited this semester. The medieval charm of Old Town mixed with the pristine Georgian beauty...

Final Reflections from Past Week

I read an article saying that I should switch my journal entries from physical to digital because I am able to type faster, not only that, I recognize that this is definitely more efficient and I can get my ideas out better. Link:...

Blue and White Reflections

Blue and White Weekend is always such a bright spot in the spring semester (which really feels like winter semester). I love seeing the alumni return with their PSU pride on full display, and this was the first year that I have known some of the individuals coming...

This semester is one for the books

As the semester winds down, I cannot help but to reflect on the many interesting things that happened for me over the course of the past 15 or so weeks. This has definitely been the most difficult semester I have had at Penn State, but it has also been the one with...
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