This week’s list:
Make a top ten list about anything book related that you want. That super specific topic you thought would make a great top ten list or that past topic you wished you would have gotten a chance to participate it? This is the week to do it!
Since my birthday is tomorrow, I’m going to share the
Top 10 Books that helped shape who I am today.
I would never have guessed my strong reaction to this book in middle school would be followed by an even stronger reaction to a movie about genocide in my early 20s.
Hotel Rwanda changed my life. I felt such intense emotions (I’m talking sobbing, hiccups, the whole nine) during this movie. I walked out of that theater a changed woman. I could not grasp how 800,00 people perished over the course of 100 days. I was outraged by the lack of international response to the genocide. I was sickened at the world’s apathy.
I immediately changed my degree to International Studies, became a human right’s activist in my undergrad, ran an anti-genocide coalition, called politicians and used my voice, traveled to DC to learn all I could about helping genocide victims, helped local refugees receive proper care, and met the man behind my motivation, Paul Rusesabagina. I applied to the Peace Corps. and set off to change the world.
*slams on the breaks* Then I met my husband. So, my dreams of international human rights work died as my love for him grew. I regret nothing, however, my drive to help those with no voice was stronger than ever, especially since my husband shares my passion for helping others. Seeing as how I am responsible (according to him) for giving him the motivation and strength to apply to medical school, I had to figure out the next best option for me. A new Social Worker was born.
I hope to some day work with the refugee population, as it is where my heart lies. However, children and adolescents speak volumes to me as they are a group with as little a voice as any. I want to change that, even if it’s an itty bitty bit.
So, now you know a bit more about Smash, and here’s the rest of my list.
I will one day find the urge and strength to pick up this book. Until then, my friend…
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