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The radical love, selflessness and openness of Senegalese culture continually challenged me to do better. 

Teranga: what it means to prioritize people

 For these students, teranga meant slowly walking by our sides and supporting us as we learned to live in Senegalese culture  - it was welcoming, it was protective, and it was love without expecting anything in return. 

 With a smaller meal plan than the unlimited plan first years use, I was thrown into the challenge of figuring out where to buy groceries 

Learning from my groceries

Whether it meant financial sacrifice or sacrificing my time, I made sure to choose grocery stores based on my needs at the moment, not on any expectations I had for myself. 

Stereotypical New Year’s resolutions such as working out more, being more grateful or spending less time on social media, feel too broad or impersonal to be practical. 

The Myth of the New Year

I have come to understand that the reason New Year’s resolutions were so daunting, and perhaps so apt to fail, is that they are a universal concept attempting to fill the role of a very personal task.

Determined to take advantage of the spooky spirit even in my down time, I decided that Halloween weekend 2021 would be my first time watching a horror movie.

Horror, in real life

Just as "The Shining" confuses the boundaries of reality in the Overlook, it prompted me, as well, to ask myself if the plot of the movie was truly fictional, or based in real truths.  

Running on double speed during a period of asynchronous classes.

Life, fast-forwarded

Humans weren’t made to experience our lives through a screen, but while we had to do just that, we didn’t let it change us. 

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