FP 4: Big Brothers Big Sisters

In these posts I have discussed the goals of Big Brothers Big Sisters, my personal experiences with my Little, the strengths of the program, and my recent experiences with the program during COVID-19. I would like to spend this post talking about the overall impact Big Brothers Big Sisters has had in the United States. … Continue reading FP 4: Big Brothers Big Sisters

FP 5: Bringing it all together.

In this final post, I want to further discuss how Casa Azafrán, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), and the Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) all uniquely serve immigrants and refugees—but also work together—in order to create a well-founded network of support. Most of my time with these organizations was spent with Nashville’s refugees … Continue reading FP 5: Bringing it all together.

FP 4: Stateless.

The last organization that I was able to connect with this semester is the Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR). I had briefly heard about the office while volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), and after reaching out to TOR about their volunteer opportunities, I was put in contact with Emily, one of … Continue reading FP 4: Stateless.

FP 3: Let’s share tea.

A few weeks after my first time volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), I was invited to participate in their weekly “Community Day” English class at a nearby high school. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I arrived, I was warmly greeted by Karen, one of NICE’s adult education specialists. … Continue reading FP 3: Let’s share tea.

FP 2: We all bring gifts.

Not too long after I connected with Casa Azafrán, I heard back about volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). I had reached out to Camila, a fellow student who had been involved with the organization for the past year, and she invited me to join a group event scheduled for that weekend. … Continue reading FP 2: We all bring gifts.

FP 1: We hold their secrets in our hands.

On a rainy afternoon, I visited Casa Azafrán (and Nolensville itself) for the first time. Greeted by signs in English, Spanish, and Arabic, I was pleasantly surprised by how the community center’s muted exterior gave way to a lively interior. With an assortment of toys stationed in one corner and a collection of informative pamphlets … Continue reading FP 1: We hold their secrets in our hands.

FP 3 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

The last time I saw my Little was the week before Spring Break. When I visited her I had no idea it would be our last visit of the semester. I picked my Little up from the lunchroom like I do every Wednesday and we went to our classroom. During the last few weeks of … Continue reading FP 3 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

FP Post 2 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

The goals of my weekly visits with my Little are to improve her academic as well as social skills in the classroom and at home. While there are not many requirements for my meetings with my Little, the organization does provide her school with a collection of games and activities for us to use. While … Continue reading FP Post 2 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

On TV and Oklahoma’s New State Curriculum

Ah, the television. With old pejoratives like "boob tube" and "idiot box," it's clear that TV has a bad rap in comparison to other forms of media. But given trends like the advent of streaming and the rise of high-budget shows (see: Netflix's The Crown, Disney's The Mandalorian, and—forgive me—HBO's Game of Thrones), the television … Continue reading On TV and Oklahoma’s New State Curriculum

Zoom and its impact on American Privacy

Last Supper, Work From Home edition (Source: knowyourmeme.com) Last month, Nashville Mayor John Cooper released his “Safer at Home” order regarding COVID-19 urging citizens to stay in their homes and connect digitally rather than in person to protect against the global COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with this new recommendation, you can find me curled up … Continue reading Zoom and its impact on American Privacy