The Joyy of Breaking With Society’s Expectations

How I broke the rules in Turkey and move to California!

It sounds crazy to leave your whole life and start over in another country, facing all of the challenges…

Let’s start at the beginning of my story:

It was 4 years ago, when I felt lost. I wasn’t happy and couldn’t enjoy my life even though I had a great job, and lived with my wonderful family… Something was missing in my life, I wasn’t satisfied and felt I needed  purpose. Although, I didn’t know what it was at that time, what I did know was that I believed there was more to this life right in front of me. 

I knew I didn’t fully agree with my societies rules, And I was so tired of doing the things that didn’t bring me Joyy. One day I said to myself “enough is enough, I need to do something.” 

I didn’t know what to do and who to talk to. I just had a feeling that I wanted to go to the United States. I could never fully explain the...

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7 Tips For A Good Friendship

Friendship is not about how long you’ve known the person. It’s about those who have been a constant in your life. It’s about those who were there for you in good and bad times and about the ones who remain true to you behind your back. Friendship is loyalty and honesty, even when you don’t want to hear the truth. That’s real friendship.

In my early 20s I had a couple of friends who were always around when they’d break up with their boyfriends or when something rough was going on in their lives. But as soon as there was a new love interest or things would improve in their lives, they’d grow distant again.

I wouldn’t hear from them unless I’d call to check up on them, and I did this for quite a few years.

I’m sure some of you have had a friend like this at one point or another. You know, that friend who only comes around when they’re feeling lonely or when things aren’t going so well for them.

Years later, I...

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Connecting Through Cultural Diversity Awareness by Kim De Silva

by Kim De Silva

Learning more about Latin American Culture: My Summer Project Plans

Our world is shrinking as technology and modes of transport bring us ever closer. Ironically, while globalization has made it easier for us to connect with one another, we’re also experiencing a greater sense of “them vs. us” as culture clashes form barriers between peoples. 

Forget “The Wall”. If we’re not willing to learn about one another and try to understand those who are different, we’ve essentially built up our own wall that no machine will ever be able to pull down. Knowledge and empathy, however, can create an unimpeded pathway between us. 

I live on the Caribbean island of Trinidad (and Tobago) and as a lecturer in Latin American Studies, my daily life essentially is creating a connection between different peoples.

Currently, our island is receiving an influx of Venezuelan immigrants who are seeking refuge from their own homes. It’s...

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