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You Can Hit Rock Bottom Twice

Summer of 2014. A younger version of myself who possessed a burning passion towards cricket. A fundamental element of culture, bringing international recognition and national pride to Bangladesh. The people that brought us this recognition were worshipped. Cricketers were idolised.

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The Journey of a Full Circle

by Korpo Selay, United World College Maastricht 8 July, 2021 I. Infancy — Screams and cries are signs of life Joy accompanies the arrival of a baby There lies Mama's…

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Run

In Mexico, around 10 women are killed per day (INEGI, 2021). Protests and marches around the country happen multiple times a year. But, just when we think the government is going to take action and that people are more aware about the issue, another femicide happens, taking us back to where we started.

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Body Crazy

After noticing an unsettling trend on social media, I have come to the realization that the harmful unrealistic standards imposed on women’s bodies have not disappeared, but rather evolved.

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An Introspection on Introversion

by Sulan Bailey, United World College Maastricht 7 June, 2021 Illustration by Thalia Lembong Before I started attending UWC, everyone who had ever met me could say with confidence that…

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I’ve been quiet(ly silenced) for way too long

This article arose from self-reflection upon the challenges that I have gone through in my time here. Now that I have moved past said challenges, I have realized that they were needless —and some even unacceptable coming from a UWC community. Thus, I decided to speak up and share some of the conclusions of my reflection. Before you continue reading, I want to state that this article is not intended to create controversy or resentment, but to be taken as an opener for an honest discussion. I know that we all can reflect and act to do better here, and in future communities where we will engage.

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A Note To My First Crush

As of October of 2020, the government of Bangladesh approved an amendment that allows rapists to be charged with the death penalty. This sparked protests all over the country, renowned activists saying it was a hasty solution to a complex and deep-rooted problem, calling for a nationwide discussion on rape culture and gender-based violence. These discussions brought me to think about the time I found out what my childhood crush had been up these last couple years.

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The Quarter-Life Crisis (and How You Will Survive It)

This year and this term have been difficult for me, and for many of my friends and classmates, as we navigate the storm that is the UWC experience, especially at the beginning of our second year. Join me for a short reflection on how we can get through to the other side in one piece, if somewhat different.

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Prosecution of the “conflict” between Azerbaijan and Armenia

What we define as a massacre of human rights is the conflict escalating between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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Belarus: What Now?

An interview with a UWC Mostar alumna Valeria Kluitko who, after graduating from the University of Florida, came back to home country, Belarus, and is now living in Minsk. The city became an epicenter of the current political uprising against the “reelection” of Alexander Lukashenko, a Belorussian president who has not managed to let go of his undoubtedly much cherished position in 26 years.

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