Learning From the Experiences of Others – A Review of “Living on One Dollar”

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I’ve always enjoyed living vicariously through documentary filmmakers who put themselves at some sort of risk to tell a story. But I felt a sense of apprehension about watching Living on One Dollar, an hour-long film that follows four American college students who embark on an eight-week long journey to live among locals in rural Guatemala. My premonitions about Living on One Dollar were due, largely in part, to cynical feelings I have toward well-off…

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The Power of a Women’s Voice – The Story of Malala Yousafzai

In I Am Malala, The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani female education activist, recounts the Taliban takeover of Swat Valley. Through this moving memoir, Malala tells the story of her fight for education, and brings to light many issues that girls in Pakistan are currently facing today. In this story of sacrifice and heroism, Malala, through unrelenting determination, and courage in the face of…

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A Final Challenge

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Well, it’s that time of year again: the time when everyone you pass on campus has rings under his or her eyes from yet another sleepless night spent studying. It is a time of sweatpants, coffee and stress. It is the week of finals, and we will survive!  The end is near, but in order to get to it, we must endure one final patch of darkness. It is far too easy to let this week…

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What Do We Do Now?

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  I’m giving you the opportunity, right now, to stop reading this. If you, like me, have been feeling overwhelmed and possibly bitter with the recent presidential election, and you would prefer not to think about it right now, now is your chance to stop reading. Let me start by saying that at its bare political philosophy, America is a great country, with the possibility of equal opportunity for all, even if this country is…

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