It’s complicated

“It’s complicated” might be an appropriate relationship status for Bosnia’s Facebook page. From the political system (Bosnia has three presidents) to citizens’ feelings about the country post-war, it appears living in Bosnia is complex. Many countans, an equivalent to counties, remain segregated ethnically. Students enroll in schools according to their ...

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Discovery

There is an excitement and curiosity that I feel about discovering a new place in the world. A foreign country can change perceptions and help me discover new knowledge and history that was initially lost to my understanding and awareness. Also, I have found that learning about a country and ...

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Zdravo Sarajevo

Upon arrival in Sarajevo, I was immediately struck by the beauty I saw, strikingly visible in the hills of lush green and red rooftops that dot the skyline. The Muslim call to prayer that echoes throughout the city is a distinct and beautiful reminder that I am no longer in ...

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First Impressions

As I write this, I sit outside a Sarajevo bar, drinking a Bosnian white wine as it rains lightly. Trying to conjure this first blog post is more difficult than I expected. I already have so many feelings for and reflections on what I’ve learned so far—but somehow they don’t ...

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12 Ways to Get Therapy if You Can’t Afford It

Many people who have suicidal thoughts or other challenges need psychotherapy, but cannot afford it. There are options, though, for receiving therapy without giving up other necessities or going into debt. Here are a dozen: 1. Contact your health insurance company, if you have insurance. Most health insurance companies in ...

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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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Final Reflections

I’ve put off writing this post for a while because I’m not sure how to sum up eight weeks of my life in one blog post. Someone recently asked me to list the top three highlights of my time in Bosnia and I had trouble answering that as well. One ...

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Final thoughts

Arriving home has been a strange adjustment. I have been trouble explaining everything I experienced and saw during my time in Bosnia. There are just so many descriptions and details I want to tell. I wish I could sit down with every person I’ve encountered and tell them what I ...

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Final thoughts

This summer was certainly one for the books. I made many friends, both those from the university and those from Bosnia. I read countless articles on varying topics for my internship, and wrote six papers in response to them. I saw many cities and towns around the country and was ...

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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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