The Students for Humanity Review

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime. Every day we are bombarded with an endless stream of coronavirus news, making us feel like each day was worse than the one before. Businesses have closed, public gatherings are banned, and all of our plans have been postponed. In these times, we are all faced with our own challenges. Some are struggling with mental health, due to confinement, some have lost their jobs, and many, our heroes on the frontline, are risking their lives every day to save others. However, while we might be and feel isolated from one another, it is together that we are braving the night, and as Victor Hugo once wrote, “even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

In overwhelming times like these, when we feel as though we ar...

May 8, 2020

“Udine, straniero minaccia poliziotti in questura”, “Salerno, straniero aggredisce medici e distrugge l’ambulanza”, sono i titoli notizie comparse nei primi mesi del nuovo anno, possono sembrare un incipit come un altro, fornendo informazioni essenziali su luogo e fatto, eppure, ad un più attento sguardo c’è un’indicazione superflua: la parola “straniero”. 

Quale valore aggiunto fornisce alla notizia il fatto che l’autore fosse “straniero”? Sarebbe stato, forse, meno grave se l’autore di un’aggressione, di uno stupro fosse stato italiano? Nel nostro codice penale l’essere di nazionalità estera non costituisce un’aggravante alla commissione di un reato; la criminalità è e deve restare scevra da considerazioni etniche.

L’indicazione è funzionale, piuttosto, a suffragare lo stigma dello stranie...

April 18, 2020

Last but not least, the 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force have been helping Cleland Wildlife Park. In their spare time they feed baby koalas through syringes, help administer pain relief, build mounts in the park and assist weaker koalas with climbing trees. Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up 3,000 reserve soldiers to help with the firefighting and evacuation operations in Eastern Australia. We are all excited to hear that the horrible fires in Australia are being slowly but surely extinguished thanks to continuous rainfall. The struggle is nonetheless not over, as flooding is now a problem and everyone affected by the fires are misplaced and suffering. It’s therefore very comforting to learn about communities coming together and lending a hand.

Soldiers have been aiding animals a...

April 10, 2020

Not too far from the Artic Circle in Anchorage, Alaska, with the weather now averaging -16 Celcius, is the Willow solar farm. Huge ice-covered panels, surrounded by snow, lined up and eagerly waiting for the sun to rise at 9 am. It doesn’t seem like the most practical location for this type of energy. 85% of the land in Alaska has permafrost and the 10 acre farm gets only 6 hours of sunlight a say during the winter, yet it has proven to be worthwhile.  Its output is 1.35 megawatt hours per year, enough to power 120 households per year. Climate change affects the artic region more than any other part of the world, so there is a definite sense of urgency toward the expansion of renewable energy options and the need to reduce fossil fuel use. The chief executive of the company that built the...

April 3, 2020

In Afghanistan, where it’s considered taboo for women to ride bicycles, there is a movement of change. A non-profit named Skateistan has given young girls a badass kind of fun. The organization uses skateboarding to empower marginalized youths and rescue them from the streets. It transitions kids into a community that teaches them about leadership and independence. Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re a Girl) is the name of the documentary about the non-profit’s mission in Afghanistan. It brought fame to Skateistan after it won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Short Film in February. Over 60% of their students are from low-income families with no access to education. Through their program, kids are given endless possibilities. From inculcating confidence and autonomy, to letting k...

March 31, 2020

Entro nel tram con un’amica, un odore nauseabondo pervade il vagone in cui mi trovo, la mia amica me lo fa notare, descrivendo l’aria come calda e consumata. Una donna, vestita di tutto punto, interviene nella nostra conversazione. Specifica la causa del tanfo: la presenza di un senza tetto. Sorrido, mio malgrado, alla signora rimanendo in silenzio per un po’. Mi disturba la soddisfazione con cui prende le distanze dalla realtà della vita ai margini, nella convinzione che è una vita che lei non potrà mai sperimentare.

Ho visto da pochi giorni Parasite di Bong Joon-Ho, il quale è riuscito a portare dentro i cinema l’olfatto, uno dei sensi più potenti, che si impone anche sulla vista. In questo film è l’odore il confine invalicabile tra ricchi e poveri, è l’odore che costituisce la barriera...

March 10, 2020

News outlets nowadays seem to have more demoralizing content than usual, which makes sense due to the global corona virus epidemic. But while I recognize the need to keep informed, I also feel like I’m going crazy, and I need some good news in my day to day life. December and March is commonly associated with flu season, and yet every time I sneeze or cough now my mom nearly faints and I fear for my life. A small yet effective way to mitigate this overwhelming and irrational sense of anxiety and impending doom is to dedicate an articles solely on positive events around the world. So, for the next weeks, only positive articles!

All over this crazy world of ours, great and heart-warming things take place. Acts and facts like these keep our hopes up and motivate us to make positive changes of...

March 2, 2020

Italians of my generation have never been asked to look out for their health because of an epidemic.  All the news talks about is Covid-19, spending hours giving opinions on issues that only doctors understand, despite even the scientific community having contrasting opinions. We are asked to be mindful of our behavior, yet it is just slightly more serious than a flu. We do not have a cure yet some drugs actually work on it. Often it is not deadly, but there is a real-time scoreboard tallying the deaths. Said fatalities are, in my opinion, also very difficult to interpret as we can never be sure all the victims died because of the coronavirus or with the virus. Universities will stay open in some regions because, in most cases it is not fatal for the young.  

But, what if you live with your...

February 25, 2020

What does growing old mean to you? Do you view it as a tragedy? Does it make you think of deep wrinkles, loss or loneliness? 

I spent two years of my life living in the United States, with my 93-year-old grandfather. We lived on a horseshoe shaped road with a view on a golf course. At night, I could always hear the rumble and screech of the train in the distance, and feel its gentle vibrations in the house, as it came running through town. In the backyard, there was a wooden bench worn smooth by age. This is where my grandfather likes to drink his iced tea and listen to Frank Sinatra on his small golden-age radio. If you listened closely, you’d probably hear him humming along to the music.

Living with my grandpa redefined my opinion of old age. While he may regularly watch the weather channe...

February 19, 2020

The number and complexity of requirements that young adults are required to fulfill when they enter the labor market have only been mounting over the years. Apart from outstanding academic performance, firms have increasingly been seeking candidates with both analytical and soft skills and a multifaced personality. Although such qualities are justifiably sought after by employees, most educational systems do not diverge from their academic goals to cultivate and develop these skills. Luckily, students have started realizing the need to detach themselves from the “conventional” notion of education that so far occurs in the form of high school, undergraduate and graduate education. With this exact realization, the concept of a Gap Year was born.

A gap year refers to a 6-12-month time period d...

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