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Why We Need to Celebrate Teach For America’s 25th Birthday

In 2012 I began a challenging two-year commitment as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in the Lawrence School District in Massachusetts. With a dropout rate of 52.3% in 2011, many Lawrence students lacked basic skills necessary to succeed in college. I helped found a school working with the most...

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The First Thanksgiving with My Pilgrim Ancestor, William Bradford

Almost four hundred years ago my great, great+ grandpa, William Bradford, sailed on the Mayflower into Cape Cod into what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts. He later became the mayor of Plymouth Plantation and played a significant role in its history. Even though I have lived in this state for a...

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First Anniversary Reflection and a Tribute to Marriage

ON THIS DAY one year ago I knelt at an altar, gripping the hand of my best friend who smiled across from me as I took the greatest leap of faith I have ever taken in my life. I remember walking out of the temple to a crowd of supportive friends and...

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14 Ways Traveling the World Ruined My Life

1. I now hate donuts. When I got home and bit into a gooey cream-filled donut my taste buds inexplicably revolted. Three years ago in Turkey I shocked my friend by confessing I didn’t eat vegetables, but now I find myself ditching ice cream, Ritz crackers, canned spaghetti sauce, and...

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Hindu Wedding Ceremony Explained in English: KannadaTraditions

I DIDN’T REALIZE how drastically diverse the matrimonial traditions and rituals are for each state in India when I first set out to research traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies. I learned a bit about Southern Hindu wedding ceremony traditions by narrowing my focus on one specific region, Karnataka. To be even...

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9 Reasons Why A Husband is the Best Travel Companion

I am the kind of person who enjoys traveling alone, but having a husband along for the ride has been rewarding. With Valentine’s Day today, which we are spending together in India, I thought I would make a tribute to why traveling with your long-term partner is especially awesome. You...

Suspicious Similarities Between Singapore and Orwell’s 1984

Don’t get me wrong—I love Singapore as much as the next person. What’s not to like about the diversity of people, the range of exquisite cuisine, the squeaky clean streets, the fast transportation, and the Changi Airport complete with its swimming pool, reclining chairs, and butterfly garden? While I freely...