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Rethinking Chinese and American Education

Over the seven months I spent in China, one of the most frequent questions people asked me was this: What’s the educational system like in the US? Often, the unspoken assumption behind this question was that whatever it was like, it must be better than China’s. This attitude seemed to...

Amman, Jordan: The Taxi Driver Chronicles

BY ABBY LINN It’s interesting how quickly you can learn about a person just by being a passenger in the back seat of their taxi. During my five-month stay in Amman, Jordan last fall, the countless taxi rides that I took resonated with me more than many other features of...

The Future of Scotland: Surveying Scottish Youth

BY REBECCA FORMAN On September 18, 2014 approximately 55% of Scottish voters were ‘Delighted to be United,’ while the other 45% went home disappointed and without independence from the United Kingdom. Scottish youth played a tremendous role in the campaigning and voting process. The voting age was lowered to 16,...

Listening to Hong Kong

BY SIMONE KURIAL Since September 22nd, pro-democracy groups, mostly composed of students, have been protesting a decision by the Chinese government not to allow free elections of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive as is proposed in the Basic Law. Instead, Beijing’s interpretation of the Law entails a pre-selection of possible candidates...

Saying Goodbye: The Ugly Truth About Romances Abroad

BY REBECCA FORMAN He wrapped one arm around me as we walked through his Harry Potter-like neighborhood and avoided the puddles that had gathered on the ‘pavement.’ I joked that he looked dumb in his ‘trackies.’ It all seemed so normal in a moment that was anything but normal. When...

Paradise Island: From Pieces to Peace

BY NITYA AMALEAN It was midnight on March 28th, 2007. The entire city of Colombo was alive with vigor and exuberance. The nation was awake and watching the Cricket World Cup final which was taking place in the West Indies. Sri Lanka versus Australia. Daytime in the Caribbean meant an...

Found in Translation

BY ELIZABETH STANFIELD  My initial gut reaction was this is cheating. I sat at a desk in the depths of the Sciences Library, my sprawl of books and pensive facial expression indicative of a pretty serious homework grind. Yet all I was doing was moving from wordreference.com to a document...

So, What Exactly is Couchsurfing?

BY JONATHAN NICHOLAS Couchsurfing.org is a social network for travellers who need a place to crash for free.  You create a profile and can search through potential hosts, people who have designated that they would be willing to let a stranger sleep on their couch for a night or two...