Life as a refugee; it’s like it’s in limbo

I am not entirely sure if these are questions I want to ask or I need to ask. What are the common hardships one undergoes being an asylum-seeker? Seriously… shouldn’t I already know this? Or are ‘wanting’ and ‘needing’ thoroughly inaccurate verbs in the twisted skein of privilege? Where wanting a home to call your own and needing that home are one and the same. Everyone needs a home, but not everyone necessarily experiences the feeling of needing a home out of fear of losing it.


Photo Gallery: Fall 2017 My French Study Abroad Experience

The following 67 photos are of a collection that I created while solidifying my French in Angers and Paris, France. Similar to my experience in Italy, I had the pleasure of staying with une famille d’accueil (host family). I was fully immersed into the French culture. For the month of September, I was in a twelve hour per day intensive-language program. After class, I spent most of my time with my host family, with my French friends, with my international friends, or with myself exploring the city as a flâneur. From October to January, I took regular collegiate courses at l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest (c.à.d. la langue française, l’histoire de l’art, et français des affaires). All of which were in French. In addition, I had a one-on-one research experience under the tutelage of an art historian at the Musée des Beaux-Arts which included the Prehistoric Era, gothic architecture in France, the evolution of the vitrail, and the legacy of medieval tapestries. If you are interested, feel free to take a gander.

The Legacy of Italian Fashion

Like Renaissance fashion, general Italian fashion has constantly been designed for the rich and famous. Until the 70s however, design labels began to place more of an emphasis on ready-to-wear. Throughout the long history of Italy’s fashion, legacies are shown to be built by playing with textiles based on their cuts, shapes, and textures. In addition, legacies are built by remaining up-to-date and defying conventional methods. It is important nowadays to introduce change in social and gender norms since that is the new status quo.

I Spoke to the Ghost of Agostino the Magnifico

When astrology became present in my life, I instantly grabbed the philosophy and ran with it. So then, when I walked into the Sala di Galatea, I lost myself. I completely forgot I was with a group. My neck almost snapped looking at that fresco. The painting is comprised of twenty-six frescoed compartments. I was living the life of a committed hedonist. In 19th century French literature, the term ‘flâneur’ became popular. Flâneur is an untranslatable word in English; the closest translation would be a saunterer who fully absorbs the beauty of their surrounding. At this moment, I was being that flâneur.

Photo Gallery: Summer 2017 the Legacy of Italian Fashion in all of Italy

The following 67 photos are of a collection that I created while being in Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Amelia, Titignano, Verona, Terni, and Pompeii. Most of them do not pertain to my studies of Italian fashion. However, if you would like to read my article on that subject, it will be posted soon. If you would like to know of my adventures and learnings, please feel free to take a gander.

Photo Gallery: Fall 2016 Overnight at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology in Erie, PA

The first adventure of the very first cohort of Global Citizen Scholars. We spent a weekend at Erie Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology in Linesville, PA. We discussed diversification, pluralism, collective impact, and the powerful words of Eboo Patel, activist. During this overnight, we certainly got a feel of the everlasting impact that we will have on the refugee crisis in America from a collegiate perspective.

Photo Gallery: Fall 2016 Visit to the Vive La Casa Refugee Center in Buffalo, NY

“During the weekend of November 4th of [2016], I, along with the rest of my Global Citizen Scholars cohort, visited Vive la Casa in Buffalo, NY, the largest shelter for asylum-seekers on the US/Canadian border. At first, I didn’t feel that welcomed by those at the shelter, and overall I felt downright outside my comfort zone. However, I decided to make the first move and I just started talking…” [read full article at: Doors Are Meant To Let Others In, Not To Keep Them Out]

Breaking ‘The Language Barrier’

We were given the cards we were dealt, yet I could sense that he felt rather defeated. By the words of the American professor and best-selling author Randy Pausch: “Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. They are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people.”

Doors Are Meant To Let Others In, Not To Keep Them Out

One of America’s greatest activists, Eleanor Roosevelt, once said “great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Rather than blaming all Muslims for being terrorists, we should begin to discuss ideas of how we can take efficient measures so that refugees can help to build a better tomorrow.

Islamophobia in ‘Merica

Instead of titling this article Islamophobia in America, I decided to title it Islamophobia in ‘Merica. As America is categorized as a nation, ‘Merica (a colloquial term used by the younger generations) epitomizes the entire American experience in a stereotypical way. As much as I hate to admit this, being Islamophobic seems to be stereotypical for Americans. Despite being a country founded by immigrants, Americans nowadays tend to be ignorant of other identities and backgrounds that are different from their own.