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This idea of being in search of a life is so foreign to us. As students, faculty, and staff of a university, we’ve become so accustomed to going through our daily lives. Despite being away from Loyola University Chicago's main campus in the U.S., we live in a privileged state here at the university's Rome campus, in which we are able to choose our homes, sometimes even choose where we want to sleep each night.
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"You want me to teach you?" said Anthony as I asked him to show me how to make origami in his fourth grade classroom. Just after school let out, while many of my peers just started vacationing, ten other classmates from Saint Ignatius College Prep and I had traveled across the country to East Los Angeles to spend a week living among the community of Boyle Heights.
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As a member of the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP), I recently traveled to Nicaragua for a week-long immersion into the culture and history of the country and to engage with the people in the capital, Managua, and its surrounding areas, as well as mountain villages beyond the city of Estelí.