Memories: A Student’s Journey on Processing the Summer

I cannot believe this is the last journal. I cannot believe that it has already been 10 weeks since I left. I cannot believe how I grew and changed during my time there. And I cannot decide on how to talk about my experiences. My reentry process has been chaotic. ...

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Saying Good-Bye: An account of one student’s thoughts about her summer internship

I truly got lucky by landing at Wings of Hope. To be honest, it sounded like the only option when I first started this summer, I was a psychology student and it was at a psychotherapy center. However, as the summer progressed it became obvious that I was right where ...

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A Heartfelt Thank You: An account of student’s thoughts about the privilege of traveling

I grew up with some amazing opportunities. We traveled all around the West Coast visiting family, traveling on a few international trips within North and Central America, and spending weekends sailing around the Washington coast with family friends. I lived a wonderful childhood and was taught to always try something ...

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Home: An account of one student’s attempt to tell a summer romance using only one photo and 600 words

This is neither the most beautiful photo I have nor the most powerful. However, this photo is special because it is the first photo I sent to my family back in the United States. This is the view I see almost every day because this is what I see as ...

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Srebrenica Part II: An account of one student’s shift in the perception of the future

I think about my future a lot. It is my favorite subject to dream about. Who will I be in five years or even ten? What will my children look like? Where will I live? How will I spend my free time? Will my passions stay the same? Since starting ...

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Free Write: An account of a student’s weekend excursion to Belgrade

A week ago I was in Srebrenica and this past weekend I was in Belgrade. The stark differences between the two locations were astounding. Visually, you go from wondrous rolling green hills to a gray concrete jungle. Emotionally, I was pulled. I had learned so much about the pain Bosniaks ...

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Srebrenica: An account of the emotional journey along the Peace March

It doesn’t feel like enough. This week I had the amazing privilege and heartache of participating in the 3 days, 60-ish mile Marš Mira, or Peace March. Before I left, I had several concerns, including my ability to physically complete the march and my ability to emotionally process the events. ...

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First Impressions: An account of a first timer’s first week in Sarajevo

I am not going to lie, it was difficult to get to Sarajevo – lots of flights over the course of several hours. However, as soon as we landed I felt instantly comfortable. Having had just under a week to get acclimated and know the city a bit more, I ...

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