The Students for Humanity Review

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...

February 14, 2020

L’ultimo disco di Brunori sas è uscito poco tempo fa e chi l’ha ascoltato non lo può negare: è un inno alla gentilezza nello spaccato della quotidianità.

L’emergere dell’umanità in tutti i suoi album è una immensurabile fonte di gioia e di comprensione. La bellezza della vita si esprime dalle note di euforia, all’accompagnamento dell’amore, fino alle malinconiche gocce di tristezza. Già, tristezza, anche quella. Una tristezza non superabile ma vivibile, parte stessa della vita, ricca di contraddizioni. Le vicende più personali e intime sono fuse tra ribellione, riscatto personale e quell’appoggiarsi stanco su strade già spianate. Essere giovani o invecchiare: Brunori canta le conseguenze sentimentali del rinunciare a battersi in un, più che divertente ed ironico, direi tragico mambo reazion...

February 11, 2020

She turned toward me. She cupped her hands, flipped them forward, then pointed straight at me. I blinked once, or maybe twice, trying to remember. My eyes widened, my fingers twitched, trying to decipher. How could I possibly remember so many motions and gestures? I examined her arms, hands, and fingers. It was all- important; that I knew. I watched her face for guidance. She smiled back at me, perhaps for reassurance. She’d once told me that facial expressions were just as important as the signs themselves. After all, this language did not have the benefit of countless different pitches and tones, excessively used to convey one’s enthusiasm or ennui. My mouth was dry; my arms felt stiff. I awkwardly lifted my pinky, brushed my chin with my thumb, and mouthed the word ‘thank you’ as my han...

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