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Greetings from Guyana

It has been quite the process and journey of adjustment and triumph. Moving to another country is exciting as it's a new beginning, leaving nothing but a blank slate in front of you. Being foreign becomes your new middle name.…

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Yá’át’ééh!

Yá’át’ééh means “hello” in Navajo. It’s hard to explain why I took the risk of moving across the country, to this unknown place, leaving behind everything and everyone I knew in Buffalo, NY, to live and work with complete strangers,…

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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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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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