“What in the world am I doing here?”

I stood in front of a small mirror in my room. My face resembled that of a Smurf, covered in blue whiteboard marker ink. My shirt and arms were covered in raw egg.

Week 1 & 2: Roadtrip & Rohingya Reunions

Roadtrips & Rohingya Reunions Week 1 Aaaaand we’re off! Nellie’s gap year has officially begun!  I have been tasked with navigating a gap year for the little sister amidst all of the world’s unpredictable craziness. For the next 9 months, we are going to quite literally take it one day at a time – with […]

One Day at a Time

Refugees do not assume they will be waiting for someone or something for years. If they knew how long they would be waiting, they would lose hope. They just take it one day at a time. One Day at a Time The first and probably most important lesson I learned from my Rohingya friends is […]

If I Was Still in Myanmar

Rohingya Girls

Some day, this Rohingya community will be flooded with educated Rohingya girls. We’ll be overwhelmed with job applications from qualified, educated Rohingya women. But for now, it’s my role to encourage girls like Hasina to continue pursuing their education so that they can be the real world changers. They will be the ones to show the girls that one pen, one notebook, and one teacher can change the world.

The Help of a Stranger

Sometimes it takes a complete stranger to help you on your way. It’s hard to know when or how that help will come…in my case, the help I needed was a message from a complete stranger on Instagram. The Help of a Stranger Social media. We either love it or hate it — but it’s […]

Why the Cartoons?

Everyone likes cartoons, especially the ones that look like them.    It’s a good thing I’ve got a lot of cartoons –and stories – to share. Why the cartoons? “Sophie, people don’t know that I’m Rohingya. They just see me as a Muslim, like that’s a nationality or something. They don’t know my story. Maybe […]