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Exploring a New Culture

The most life-giving part of my experience so far is being able to experience and be welcomed and apart of the Navajo culture. I have been to so many different ceremonies, invited over to the homes of co-workers and friends…

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Dear MVC SMASE volunteer

Dear MVC SMASE volunteer, Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, I had the privilege to care for adults living with a wide range of developmental disabilities at St. Michael’s Association for Special Education (SMASE), located in Window Rock, Arizona, on the…

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Living Unified

If you know me, you know that basketball is a huge part of my life. If you know me, you know its not because I play (because we all know that I am the un-athletic Rieker), but that it’s a…

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The Unknown

A year of service. Eleven months, seven students, four new roommates, one Native American reservation, zero familiar faces, and thousands of miles away from home - that’s what I signed up for. I signed up for the unknown, the unfamiliar,…

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Settling In To Navajo Nation

It’s odd to think that in a timespan of just more than three months, I’ve been able to settle into a place almost 2,000 miles away from home and feel as if the town is where my home has really always been.…

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