Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mentoring young debaters

An update from Anthony, a senior majoring in political science and communication studies: Throughout my time at SMU, I have been very involved in the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance (DUDA). DUDA is a nonprofit organization that sets up debate programs … Continue reading

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Working to end human trafficking

An update from Jessica, who graduated with a degree in human rights in May: During spring 2013, I completed the vast majority of my service hours at Mosaic Family Services. It’s a domestic violence and human trafficking shelter for women … Continue reading

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Communicating across cultures

An update from Lisa, a junior studying elementary education: During spring 2013 I spent a lot of time in SMU’s English as a Second Language class communicating with students whose first language is not English. I volunteered in two classes. One … Continue reading

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Growing a community

An update from Camille, a senior majoring in dance performance: It’s amazing how community service really does grow a community of both the people serving together and those who are being served. The more I serve alongside my fellow SMUSHies, … Continue reading

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Advice for high schoolers

An update from Jennifer, who earned a degree in electrical engineering in May: 2012-13 was a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs. I have met some of the most amazing and inspiring people while living in the Service House as … Continue reading

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To be heard and understood

An update from Essette, who earned a degree in human rights in May: Living in the Service House has helped reinforce my commitment to community service because I’m constantly surrounded by people who have a drive to help others. When … Continue reading

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Biking in Berlin

On the first day of summer school I was sitting in my classroom in Oxford, half a world away from home in St. Louis, Missouri. Before getting into our material on European diplomacy, my professor made a point to recommend visiting … Continue reading

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Challenges, but an incredible journey

This last week in India has proved to be by far the hardest week I can remember having in a long time, if not ever. This can probably be attributed to a few things. For starters, all of the Leave … Continue reading

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Exploring Lake Titicaca

As I sat at the lunch table in the tiny adobe home of an indigenous family on the Island of Amantaní on Lake Titicaca, I had an internal conversation with myself as to whether I should eat the purple potatoes … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at the National Museum of American History

This month I’m getting a true behind-the-scenes experience at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). In the last month of the Latino Museum Studies Program, I am getting acquainted with work in Latino Studies by working in a Smithsonian museum. … Continue reading

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