Final Thoughts: Transitions

I’m writing this final blog post from the comforts of my apartment in Denver. It’s been a week since I arrived back in the states and I will say that it has been a whirlwind adjusting to the American lifestyle. My journey back to the United States wasn’t exactly the ...

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University of Denver in Bosnia 2018-08-14 18:08:55

I will be completely honest and say that I had no idea of what to expect from my internship placement at the Centers for Healthy Aging. I do remember asking my professor if I could be placed at a site that had the most in-person and direct contact with the ...

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Reflecting on my privilege as an American

For the past several weeks, I have had the immense privilege of being able to travel to various cities and countries. According to the U.S. Department of State, as of 2018, individuals with a valid United States passport are able to travel to 177 countries without a visa. This number is increased to 186 countries if ...

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Photo Reflection

The day before participating in the Peace March was the first time I visited the battery factory where the old Dutchbat base was located during the war. At the time, I could feel how unsettling and morose it was to be inside the old factory because I knew of all the heartbreak and ...

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Resiliency as a Quiet Strength

This past weekend, my peers and I had the opportunity to return to Srebrenica as well as visit nearby Tuzla. The first person we met was Nura Begović, who is the Vice President of the Association of Women in Srebrenica and Tuzla. Her office is covered from wall to wall and ceiling ...

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Coffee and Chess

For those who know me very well, I have a fairly Type-A personality and like to have things in a certain way because a sense of order and familiarity is calming for me. Of course, this had led to occasional contentions with my significant other because not having things put away in places where they “belong” ...

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In someone else’s shoes

On July 15, 1995, Bosnian Serb armies infiltrated the UN declared safe haven of Srebrenica. Approximately 15,000 Bosniak men made the brave and dangerous decision to flee on foot to the free territory of Tuzla. Having to march in a single-file line because of landmines, these men were largely unarmed and ill-equipped for the ...

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Initial Impressions: First Week in Sarajevo

I have been in Sarajevo now for almost five full days and truthfully, I haven’t been out as much as I should be because of how much it has been pouring rain. But I’m grateful for the opportunity to just slow down a bit. With the abundance of free time, ...

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