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Interesting day in D.C.

An update from Virginia V.: Today in D.C. was very eventful. We meet with some very influential and prominent people who have worked their way up to being some of the most successful in their field, which was very exciting. … Continue reading

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Memorable Meetings

 An update from Caroline C., a junior studying corporate communication and public affairs, concentrating on political communication, with minors in ethics, and law and legal reasoning.     Today in D.C. was a life changing and eye-opening experience. Our first … Continue reading

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Pondering 9/11 Headlines

SMU students are traveling to Washington, D.C., with SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The program is led by Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and professor of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts; Stephanie Ann Martin, assistant professor of Communication Studies; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and lecturer at the Center for Nonprofit Management. During the program, students meet with SMU alumni, talk with communication staffers on the Hill, learn from lobbyists about their advocacy functions, assess the role and function of the news media, and investigate the role of political parties as representatives for constituent concerns. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit. Continue reading

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On Being Back “Home”

I remember during a study abroad information session my freshman year where the presenter created a metaphorical chart of happiness post time abroad. Right upon return, happiness is at an all-time high because you get to reunite with family and … Continue reading

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No, you probably won’t die in *insert developing country’s name*

Of course, the title is substantiated on what you’re getting yourself into. I can’t guarantee your chances of camping out on the Siberian tundra, but your chances of surviving a study abroad or an international service trip is pretty dang … Continue reading

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Thoughts from India

Angela W. is a senior studying biochemistry and human rights. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer volunteering in Chennai, India, with Unite for Sight, an NGO that supports eye clinics. Continue reading

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Leaving Ambue Ari

The past two months at Ambue Ari have gone by unbelievably fast. It seems like just yesterday that I arrived in the park, and listened in awe as people casually talked about walking their pumas or jaguars in the middle … Continue reading

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Wayra and Carlos

I’ve been in the park for four weeks now, and I’ve decided to extend my stay by another three weeks. The work we do here is simply unbelievable, and I do not want to leave. I have been working with … Continue reading

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Stuck in Santa Cruz

Antoine M. is a junior studying world languages. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with Parque Ambue Ari, a wildlife center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Continue reading

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Farewell, New Hope Garden

Finishing up my last week here at Austin Street is bittersweet. I feel privileged to have met so many interesting people, from the dedicated employees, to the selfless volunteers, to the guests themselves. People like Laura and Doris, who manage the front intake desk several … Continue reading

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