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Happiness at the Next Intersection

Ryan Sung, Participant

After a small breakfast of meat buns in early October, the seven members of our cohort parted ways and began our missions to reach different landmarks around the city. The blueprint for my day’s itinerary was an index card, and on it was inscribed......Read More

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A Lesson in Service

Christine Cho, Participant

These past few weeks I have been working at the Ganga Learning Centre (GLC), a school that aims to provide holistic education for under-resourced children and skills training to women. GLC gives young children free preschool education as well as......Read More

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Strange, Wild, and Authentic

Shelby Brainard, Participant

Indonesia is a strange and wild country. I knew this from the get-go, but it took a while to fully grasp. Two events in Jogja fully solidified this fact for me. The first: One day my friends and I were at the program house using the wifi to send......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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How to Get Lost in Dakar: An Expert’s...

Sophie Slutzky, Participant

Leave your home at 07:45 in the morning to walk to the bus stop, making sure to leave plenty of time for accidental travel mishaps. Reach the bus stop between 08:15 and 08:40, depending on whether you are: a. Buying breakfast on the way b. Buying......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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The Start of Our Service Sites: KIRAN Society

Jacquelyn Davila, Participant

“KIRAN began in a small building in a big city and it became a big city in a small village.” On my first day of work at KIRAN, I was given a bright orange booklet containing this quote and a collection of other equally inspiring phrases. Where......Read More

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Brunch With YS Chi

Christine Cho, Participant

On October 8, we had brunch at the Rattison Hotel with Youngsuk Chi, a large supporter of the Bridge Year Program and a Princeton alum. He talked to us about his life story, explained why he champions the Bridge Year Program, and challenged us with......Read More

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The Piano In My Bedroom

Owen Matthews, Participant

Upon initial arrival in Kunming, I was both thrilled and concerned to find that my homestay family’s piano resides in my bedroom: excited to hear the melodies that I was sure would flow from it, and apprehensive that the placement of the......Read More

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Whiter In 7 Days

Nicole Williams, Participant

The first time I word hear the term colorism would be as a high school sophomore in a college dorm with my Nigerian roommate, as we sat and discussed the burden of race. I remember tears streaming down both of our faces as we lamented about the......Read More

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Jeevan in Banaras

Ziv Batscha, Participant

Yak of the Week

Since arriving in India nearly two months ago, we have entered our own form of samsara, whereby India – its history, people, culture, language, and land ­­­- has begun to challenge and transform our body, mind, and spirit. This change, a ninth......Read More

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The Artists of Bangdong

Kisara Moore, Participant

3,425 tea leaves. Over the course of five hours, my sling bag has become heavier and heavier on my shoulder as it has fattened up with the day’s harvest. Exhausted, I plop down by a persimmon tree and take a gratifying sip from my water bottle.......Read More

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The Rooftop

Nicole Williams, Participant

Yak of the Week

There is no doubt that in just this first month of life here, I have grown insurmountably. All of the new exposure to perspectives, orthodoxy, and general way of life inevitably lead me to reflect upon my own beliefs. However, the constant day to......Read More

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Gandhi at the Spinning Wheel

Stav Bejerano, Participant

During our time in the lovely village of Sarmoli, we lived in local homestays and during the day learned and worked just up the hill at an amazing nonprofit, Himal Prakriti. On one wall of the organization’s sunlit, wood-and-stone gathering space......Read More

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For the Love of Food

Francesca Block, Participant

I remember moving in with my host family during my first week in Kunming, nervous and tired from lugging all of my bags into my new room, and being told by my Nai Nai (Host Grandma), “If you live here, I’m going to teach you how to cook.”......Read More

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Yoff’s October Song

Jenny Wagner, Participant

Every morning at 7h00 the clip-clop, clip-clop of horse hooves on pavement floats up to my open second story window. The charette drivers of Yoff are making their rounds and I have memorized what the noises mean. The vegetable cart. The fish cart.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Greetings

Jane Mentzinger, Participant

Hands together, head bowed – that’s the standard greeting in India. It’s a sign of politeness. Likewise, to show respect to someone higher than you, a hand to the right foot, then to your head and heart will do. These greetings, along with......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Exchange

Joshua Eastman, Participant

Whenever one steps into a new place, exchange is inevitable. Usually the first thing exchanged is greeting, and then introduction. Introductions often include one’s name, one’s home, and, as a student, one’s academic and vocational interests.......Read More