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Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Some Thoughts on Culture Shock

Zandra, Participant

My family laughs at me as I drop rice all over myself for the millionth time. We’re all sitting around the communal lunch bowl, and I’m struggling to balance the spoon in my right hand. Culturally, it’s inappropriate to offer your......Read More

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The Hesitancy to Yak

Nicole Williams, Participant

Our instructors are always encouraging us to Yak. They want us to share our experiences with our family, friends, Princeton and Dragons staff, and everyone else who is eager to hear about our time here in Senegal. While I am no doubt support this......Read More

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Some Thoughts on Family

Zandra Campbell, Participant

Picture my family at home: my brother sits on the couch in the living room playing video games. My dad is outside, gardening. My mom works from her office downstairs, and I nestle myself into my bed with my computer and glare at whichever of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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A Day of Fasting and Food

Sophie Slutzky, Participant

Like most Jewish holidays, it is tradition that Yom Kippur begins and end at sundown. However, I am on Senegalese time, and here in Senegal (at least in my experience), we eat dinner well past 10 o’clock. Last night—the eve of Yom......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Facing My Own Daily Dragons

Nicole Williams, Participant

During one of our sessions, we were given the prompt “How Am I Doing?” to reflect on in our journals. Immediately, the stress of being in a completely different environment hit me. In these short ten days, I have encountered two of my greatest......Read More

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Some Thoughts on Religion

Zandra, Participant

Yak of the Week

A week ago, as I postulated before Allah in a Sufi service for Tabaski (a celebration of the sacrifice of Ishmael), tears rolled down my cheeks. The tears surprised me, but I soon recognized that I was crying because the practitioners’......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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First days in Senegal

Fernanda Romo, Participant

I have only been in Senegal for 12 days, and all I think I’ve figured out up until now is this: the first word that you should learn in the Wolof language, is probably jërëjëf. Jërëjëf means thank you. And, if your experience is anything......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Daily Routine – Benjamin Roberts

Benjamin Roberts, Participant

As I write this, my 7th full day in Senegal is coming to a close. Already I have had a glimpse of the capital; felt the rhythm of life in Dene, a Sufi religious community; and have now settled into the beautiful surroundings of the Langue de......Read More

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Safe Arrival for BYSenegal Group

Elizabeth Johnson, Participant

Dear Bridge Year Senegal friends and family, Just a quick note to say that the Bridge Year Senegal group arrived safely in Dakar. The students and the Onsite Director  landed safely with all bags (the Dakar airport was quite crowded for the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Introduction Letter

Henry Slater, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Henry Slater and I’m 19. I’ve always been on the older end at school (I was born in June 1998), and I’ll be 20 once I start college. At first, this was a reservation for me when thinking about applying for......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Intro

Nicole Williams, Participant

Hi! I am so excited to embark on this journey. It is all still so surreal. I have been listening to Youssou N’Dour and look forward to hearing about more artists. I am looking forward to immersing in Senegalese culture and getting to know......Read More

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Introduction Letter- Benjamin Roberts

Benjamin Roberts, Participant

Shwmae! My name is Benjamin Roberts and in just a few days’ time, I’ll be setting off for what will no doubt be the adventure of a lifetime from my home in Wales. That gets me onto something that I think is important to know about me:......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Introduction Letter — Sophie Slutzky

Sophie Slutzky, Participant

Hello, my name is Sophie Slutzky! I am incredibly excited to be part of Bridge Year Senegal, and I can’t wait to begin this amazing adventure a few days from now. My entire life, I have lived in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, a small town around......Read More