Dear 16-Year-Old Self

Dear 16-Year-Old Self

Who was 16-year-old Ilyanna? She was player on the soccer team, a member of student council, a runner on the cross country team, a member of the National Honor Society, a hostess at Applebee's, the driver of an old Toyota Tundra, the girlfriend of a tall basketball player, practically a sister to my high school [...]

Life in Mexico

Life in Mexico

Mexico has begun to feel more and more like home as the weeks pass by and this foreign country that was once just another place on the map to us five girls has developed a new meaning. It’s been almost seven weeks since we flew into Mexico City from our respective cities in the USA [...]

Volunteering Abroad & Going To College

Volunteering Abroad & Going To College

As a high school senior in the spring of 2014, I paid my enrollment and housing fee for Northern Arizona University. During that same semester months later, the thought of having to take out $10,000+ in loans still, despite the scholarships and grants I received, scared me enough to request a refund and un-enroll. Three [...]

The Philippines

The Philippines

At the end of July, I spent a few days in the Philippines... aka the asian Mexico. We arrived pretty late on a Sunday night and checked into our Airbnb apartment. After dropping everything off, we walked on over to a 7/11 store to pick up something to eat. I opted for the "local" food [...]