Because college admissions committees look for evidence of an applicant’s ability to do more than get good grades and high test-scores, high-schoolers look for ways to showcase their wide-ranging interests. And since these interests are generally conveyed by a commitment to community service, one popular option has been to volunteer abroad. Known as voluntourism, it… more
In an age when twenty million refugees are displaced worldwide, when passports are easily bought and sold, and when whole countries might soon be submerged by rising tides, are national borders truly relevant? Adapted from The Cosmopolites and published in Columbia Magazine. So many stories begin with borders. I was brought up with no sense of a… more
A.J. Liebling once quipped that "the function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money." This might seem a shrewd and cloudless observation, but the bon mot really benefits from Liebling's attendance at something of a golden age of journalism, when the press actually made money. If only he… more
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