Category: Opinion

UWC Syndrome

“You should be so grateful for such an opportunity, you get to attend a UWC school!” “UWC will be two years of awesomeness and self-discovery.” “Think of it, no parents or family, in a strange country...girl..you’re going to vibe and have fun.” A month later, no one told me I would feel like this….no one told me about the UWC SYNDROME!

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Here At UWCM

by Ibtesham Hossain, United World College Maastricht 1 February, 2022 Illustration by Thalia Lembong At UWCM, early birds that we are, the day begins at the crack of dawn. In…

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UWC, Education and Force

Whether you admit it or not, we’ve all felt (and feel) dumb the moment we walked out of our first class in UWC. And the reason you signed up for all those conferences knowing fully well you have no time is because you want to feel not dumb. Well so do I, nice to meet you. Do say hi when you see me.

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Departures

“One of you always goes first, but it’s hard being left behind.”

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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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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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