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Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
  • 11 Posts
  • Age 21

Throughout the last three months of my life, the only constant has been my Voices of Youth internship. In the midst of meeting new people, adapting to a new life in university and getting used to a routine after the nomadic life I lived last year, everything has fallen out of place. There was a certain level of uncertainty that I expected to feel after changing lives, however, never did I think that this would also bring anxiety, fear and discomfort to such an extent. I’m not going...


Inspire! - By My Own Standards

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
  • 11 Posts
  • Age 21

After spending some time wondering who the best person to feature here was, I realised that the best person to interview was there all along. The following questions were asked to my best friend, Carissa Reid. She is selfless Jamaican soul who has been my mentor and my role model. Her interests range from feminism to dance and even math. Hopefully, you will find in the following questions the passion she speaks with and the dreams she wishes to fulfil. I hope that in the same way s...


Let you go

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
  • 11 Posts
  • Age 21

I have always been awful at goodbyes. I don’t know when I should let go of people. I don’t like the idea of having somebody who meant so much to me, just disappear overnight. I really don’t understand how easy it is for some people to just move on. To not hesitate while moving forward. I have never been able to do that smoothly, but life keeps putting that challenge in my path. I hold on to people because I am not willing to give up the memories....


Why Am I Doing Exactly What I Preach Against?

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
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  • Age 21

I have been thinking about this blog post for a while, analysing what exactly was it that I wanted to communicate and what is it that makes me feel the need to write about this. This is a thought that has been on my mind since before joining the VOY team but only now have I found the words to put this on paper. You will find in this piece many contradictions and you will notice how unsure I am about this topic and how to approach it, but please bear with me. I identify as a lib...


The Fall of Higher Education

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
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  • Age 21

Everybody who has been a senior in high-school knows the level of stress that has to be endured throughout that year. Sure, people might say that life gets a lot tougher, and as you grow up you’ll realise that high-school was a children’s playground. That can be completely true and yet, it doesn’t undermine the enormous pressure that teenagers have to face throughout this phase of their lives. Not only are seniors flooded with assignments, exams, but there is also the weight of col...


Groundless Borders

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
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  • Age 21

Who the hell decided which country was which? I don’t mean the names or the flags but the actual territory of each country? How did we come up with the organization of our current nations or who had the power to determine “from here onwards it’s mine, you take the rest”? The berlin conference of 1884-85 is the quintessential example of how unreasonable these boundaries are. Back then, the biggest European countries sat down to discuss the future repartition of the african conti...


I want to stop wearing blood

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
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  • Age 21

Forever 21. H&M. Mango. United Colors of Benetton. Nike. You name it and I’ll bet you there has been a story in the news linking them to sweatshops or terrible working conditions. These shops, however, are just the final stage in the pyramid behind the garment industry. Before the clothes even reach these stores, manufacturers have to design the clothes. They then go and hire sewing contractors (98% who are located abroad) to make the clothing. The contractors have to t...


It's a girl

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
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It’s a girl is short documentary that was made by me in Jamkhed, India, alongside my friend Bamae. The video was made in March of this year during our stay at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project. CRHP is an “organization [that] works with rural communities to provide community-based primary health care and improve the general standard of living”. Throughout our time in Jamkhed, Bamae and I worked alongside some incredibly strong and encouraging women. From them we learned more a...


The blatant disregard of Colombia’s farmers

Posted Avatar Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo , Student - Political Science

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Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo
Member since May 21, 2016
  • 11 Posts
  • Age 21

Have you ever stopped yourself, in the middle of your lunch or breakfast, and thought about all the people involved in the creation of that bowl of rice that you are eating, or those french fries that you are craving? Have you thought about the farmer that has made it possible for you to have food on your table? I know I never did. I know I never stopped myself to think about where my food was coming from. A part of me though it was enough going to the supermarket and picking u...


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  • Maria Jimena Jurado Giraldo

    My passions range from dancing, to writing, reading, photography and basketball. I'm majoring in Political Science starting this August. I was born and raised in Cali. However, at seventeen I'd the chance to join the United World Colleges movement and moved to India to finish my last two years of high school. I graduated and took a gap year with a program called Winterline, which I just finalized.


    Member since May 21, 2016


    Age 21 • 11 Posts


    Leiden University College The Hague, Colombia