Susanna Kim

August 31, 2014

Final Post

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After a hazy first week of classes, I spent most of this weekend at a Landis staff retreat preparing for the upcoming year; and with that, my semester officially began. I’ve worked with the Landis Center ever since my freshman year, both as an America Reads tutor and as a program coordinator. During this retreat, […]

August 21, 2014

First, However, in Conclusion

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Last week marked the end of another hectic summer teaching for the Breakthrough Collaborative. Less than two days afterward, I was making the familiar trek up along the Delaware River toward Lafayette to help out with Orientation Week and to begin my final year of college. As you can imagine, I haven’t had much time […]

July 6, 2014

All Aboard!

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The struggle bus, that is. After three weeks of birthday festivities, blissful, jet-lagged slumber, and silent tears over Morocco, I packed my things and headed to West Philadelphia for another summer of Breakthrough. Thursday marked the end of the first week of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, a branch of a hugely successful nonprofit whose goal […]

May 28, 2014

B’slama

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Goodbye: it sucks in every language, you know. No matter what noises you choose to emit from your mouth in order to express it, goodbyes will always be bittersweet, full of endless hugs, tears, and “remember that time”‘s. When I hugged my host parents goodbye, they smiled and said, “Until next time, N’shah Allah (God […]

May 15, 2014

It’s All Frarabic to Me

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Two weeks: that is all the time I have left in Morocco. And after all the time that I have spent here, I still feel there is so much I don’t know about this country. For one, I still can’t comprehend how Moroccan girls manage to stay so slim on a diet that consists primarily […]

April 27, 2014

The Day I Got Married

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It’s a hot, sunny day in Rabat. The busy souks and white medina walls, usually vibrant, look pale and dingy in the brilliant sunshine. I blink at these passing sights from the back seat as Fatima-Zahra, the director of my study abroad program, inches her car through the bustling streets. We finally find a parking […]

April 21, 2014

Blurred Lines

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I have been around the world in fourteen days. Well, okay, so I lied—but after two weeks of trekking through four cities and two islands, sleeping in hostels and airport terminals, living out of a well-worn duffel and hauling it on ferries, trains, buses, and endless walks, it sure feels like it. I spent my […]

April 3, 2014

Life in Candyland

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Here’s a fun fact: Moroccans consume about 37 kilograms of sugar per capita each year; during Ramadan, that number jumps up to 95 thousand tons overall. This is why Morocco has become one of the world’s largest sugar consumers and, after two months living on a purely Moroccan diet, I can wholeheartedly vouch for this […]

March 25, 2014

Hiking and Surfing and Salsa, Oh My!

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So far, this has been a semester of firsts: my first time leaving the US, riding a camel, learning Arabic, eating couscous… the list goes on. And today, as I lay collapsed on my bed, muscles aching, and trying to muster the remaining energy in my body in order to type these very words, I […]

March 16, 2014

Salaam from Morocco!

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In other words, hey there! And welcome to my little blog. It has officially been over a month since I left Lafayette to study abroad in the city of Rabat for spring semester. Until now, I had never traveled across an ocean, let alone lived in another country for such a long time. Even after […]