Ophelia Ding


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I moved to the city four months ago, and what a good, growing time its been.

Living in San Francisco has made it impossible to ignore the blatant disparity between the rich and the poor.  On my commute to work, I walk past the same people experiencing homelessness every single day. I see the tents, the signs, the makeshift beds and the people scurrying past — right outside my office lobby. And when I badge in, I eat free catered lunches and dinners and complain about the rate fancy snacks are consumed. The dichotomy between these two worlds seems impossible to close. How can it be that in a city so innovative and wealthy, so many homeless line the streets? 

What has helped me begin to process and bridge this gap is volunteering with DrawBridge. DrawBridge is a non-profit that provides free arts programs for homeless and other underserved youth at homeless shelters, safe houses and low-income housing sites. I’ve had the privilege of volunteering at one of these sites for three months now, and it has been an illuminating, rewarding experience. 

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the “study” part of studying abroad

Hands down the most difficult thing for me to get used to in London?

School. Seriously. 

Not the driving on the left, or the let’s-jaywalk-everywhere-cause-its-not-illegal mentality, or the English slang (like "I’m queueing up to top-up my oyster" aka I’m waiting in line to put money on my public transit card). Yes, school (or Uni as they say here). :)

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