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Boundaries, When to Draw the Line


As humans we are bound to make or have relationships with others. We naturally live in, by, and with these bonds, in various settlements of our lives. We let people in and out of our lives voluntarily and somewhat not, all depending on circumstances and seasons, maybe. Read more

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How I Manage Stress from School — Or at Least Try To

Stress is something that we all face at one point or another in our lives, and we are all forced to deal with it. The stresses of being a college student have definitely proven to be the worst for me; and as much as I hate to keep bringing up the pandemic, the dreaded thing has only made my stressors worse. Read more

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You Can Do It!

“When I came here, I was so excited. However, I found many differences from my country,” she commented. For example, Jeimmy missed having lunch with her family every Sunday, as she used to have in Colombia. Read more

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Dream, Dream Big

While a teenager, I had dreamed about studying in America for several years. Because of the great influence American movies have all around the world, I have always pictured myself going to university campus, like the ones in “Gossip Girl” and “Legally Blonde,” and having a locker just for myself. Read more

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Women’s History Month at Genesee Community College

Throughout the years, Genesee Community College (GCC) has recognized people that have made a difference in the U.S. and around the world. This year was no exception! In collaboration with other SUNY institutions, GCC participated in a project to celebrate Women's History Month. Read more

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A “Free Soul” in the U.S.

Maira came to the U.S. as an au pair in 2018. She was supposed to go back to Colombia after two years spent with two different host families. However, when the pandemic hit, borders were closed. Read more

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Never Give Up!

Yesica Sanchez didn’t picture a mountain cabin in Maine before coming to the U.S. However, that became her new home.  Read more

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How I’ve Survived — and Enjoyed — Quarantine Time!

Without a doubt the world has faced a drastic change due to the pandemic, where all of the sudden everything shut down and certainly surprised all of us. When the stay-at-home order happened in California where I currently live, it was March 2020, and since then, time has moved slowly and life hasn’t been quite the same. Read more

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How to Become an Active Participant in College Student Life

There is a lot that college has to offer, but knowing how to take advantage of all there is can be difficult. With classes and a personal life happening, you may have no idea where or how to get involved. As an almost overly active student, I am here to tell you what I have found to be the most effective and beneficial ways to get active in college student life. Read more

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Working for the First Time in the USA

When I first arrived in the U.S., I had the goal of working on campus in addition to my main objective, which was to be a student, of course. I wanted to gain more experience through a job and to be able to help my family pay the tuition. Read more

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Spring Semester Goals

Every Sunday night I write out everything I have to do for all of my classes for that week. Next, I highlight each due date. This is to make sure I send in each assignment on time. Read more