Our Stepping Stones

“One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious… Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.”

—Dalai Lama

                  After several hours in Shanghai and 18 hours in the sky, I have finally landed in Seoul and able to catch a breath. I’m able to take in everything that has happened in the past eight weeks and that ain’t a small feat. I have come away with 9 fellow Duke friends who I share so many things in common with as well as role models including my supervisors at Legal Momentum. I have been given a wealth of knowledge and experience, those that have proved to be strong stepping stones for what’s to follow. I just finished uploading photos and videos to Facebook and Instagram and have already viewed each of them a multitude of times. Having completed four years at a boarding school, a gap year in Boston conducting research on my own and two years at Duke, I have always thought of myself as independent. And yet, I cannot tell you how much I have grown during these two months. A few weeks back, one other Moxie and I decided to walk back to our dormitory from Ada’s apartment. What she said can easily wrap up what there is to be taken away from this Moxie adventure. This summer isn’t about the big transformation as a feminist and as a person, she noted, but the little changes that occur within ourselves as we learn new things about the world and about ourselves. #word

P.S. One of our Sunday discussions included L.C. Coleman, founder of “Colored Women Confidential” and fellow Dukie. We were asked to write a word describing each Moxie on each other’s backs. I thought that this space would be a fantastic opportunity to unveil what I think of everyone else. And the funny thing is, if you gave me a chance to re-evaluate, I wouldn’t change my word for each of these ladies. #forevermoxie

Ambie: Genuine

Clurr: Spirited

Ngozi: Spunky

Lorena: Sweet

Mel: Upbeat

Maya: Confident

Gracie: Compassionate

Sarah: Reliable

Brianna: Energy Bunny

 

#peaceandlove

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