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Faaiza Vakil – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

Dear Future Intern,  I am writing to you from Fiji Islands!!! After finishing my internship with MSRI, I came back to Vancouver BC and left and came to Fiji where I will be spending the next seven weeks with my… Continue Reading →

Faaiza Vakil – Blog 4: To all the powerful women that I have met – thank you

To all the inspiring women that I have met in these past six months, thank you. To the women who have gone against the societal norm, expectations and against all odds; to the women who have spoken out; who have… Continue Reading →

Brigitte Larkin – Blog 4: The power of education

Reading is in its own way a form of freedom. When you read a book, you can walk straight out of your world and into another one. And in it, there is comfort, familiarity, safety, and protection to be found—what… Continue Reading →

Brigitte Larkin – Blog 3: Pondering identity

A few weeks ago, Faaiza and I went to the Islamic Arts Museum. Wandering into the architecture exhibit, I found myself looking at the 3D model of Masjid al-Haram, the mosque in Mecca. Looking at it and reading about its… Continue Reading →

Faaiza Vakil – Blog 2: A New Feeling of Home

After almost one month in Malaysia, I can hardly believe how quickly the time has passed. No matter how much I was warned that the time would go by fast, I find myself sitting here in disbelief that a month… Continue Reading →

Elly Thompson – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

Dear future intern, First of all: congratulations!  Congratulations on taking the first step down what will be a life-changing path! You’re probably feeling all sorts of emotions – excitement, anticipation, wonder, nerves, fear, etc – and all of them are… Continue Reading →

Haley Ham – Blog 3: 3 Key Lessons from Marcus Aurelius to Incorporate into Your Life Today

One of the notable things about Marcus Aurelius’ work, Meditations, is that it was not intended for public consumption. This timeless piece was something he wrote for himself. This work shows Aurelius holding himself to higher pursuits such as self-discipline,… Continue Reading →

Jennifer Janssen – Blog 6: Dear future Intern

It is truly a blessing the journey you are about to start! Wherever you may go in the world, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and what you are familiar with is always both exhilarating and nerve racking. That is… Continue Reading →

Jennifer Janssen – Blog 5: A home

Towards the end of my internship in Thailand, I started to reflect more and more about what this whole experience means to me. And it all came down to feeling at home – I wanted to explore what home means… Continue Reading →

Keiran Ellis – Blog 3: Home is Where the People Are

I often find myself waking up to the smell of steamed sweet potatoes, the clamour of construction outside my window, and a glimmer of sunlight peeking through my blinds.  “Keiran! I have made tempeh and fried bananas for you and… Continue Reading →

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