Picking 10

Through the controversial topic of Affirmative Action, our guest blogger Jahleese Ladson reflects on what we can learn when we are wrong.

I am generally open to challenges. I embrace them actually. If I haven’t experienced it before, it’s automatically more intriguing to me. Living in another country, learning a new language, eating exotic foods, jumping out of planes; all of those experiences have constantly taught me the value of pushing myself beyond what I think I …

When people told me that post-college life would be difficult, I believed them. I just didn’t believe that it would be difficult for me. I graduated from Smith College on May 17th 2010. I moved back home to Harlem and my mother’s couch ready for the next phase of my life. It’s August 2010 and …

Where I come from, if you bully someone you’d better expect a fight. No “inside feelings” allowed. That is not what we teach the girls here at GLI, but it is a very real part of my experience. So I’m confronted with this question: although I consider myself a Real Girl, am I the Real …

It’s hard to believe I started my first GLI camp experience just one week ago. It started with four days of intense training. I admittedly thought we would be spending our days sitting around going over important guidelines and schedules for camp. However, I was pleasantly surprised to begin our first meeting with an emotional …