Reflections on getting over fear and obtaining the most powerful weapon

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela 

“Basically, being brave is not always doing something that you never tried before. Instead, being brave is having the courage to conquer your fear while not being afraid, forgetting about the fear. I’ve been brave when it came to conquering my fear of heights and meeting new people.” – A’Kayla, TEAM Schools student

“I have been encouraged by mentors to focus not always on aspects of life that come easily to me, but on things that I find the most difficult, things that I am afraid of. Through taking that advice and working to overcome my weaknesses and my fears, I have grown more than I ever could have by simply focusing on my strengths.” – Kailyn, IU student


A’Kayla and Kailyn editing stories from one of the editions of The World is Our Home

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela 

“The world is an enormous place, full of complex issues and vast differences in personality and way of life. At times, it can seem that our planet is so large and that the people are so different that there is truly no way to resolve all the global issues that surround us daily. That may seem true until you recognize the role that education can play. Education helps us to see the world through a different lens. One who is truly educated understands that though people are diverse, we all share a common core. We all have hopes, dreams, light and a common sense of humanity within us. We are really not so different after all, but that is impossible to understand unless we are taught about the world around us. – Samantha R., IU student

“Education is the most powerful weapon because you use your education to make a difference in the world. For example, lawyers help the world with their education by putting bad guys away. If it wasn’t for education, the world would be a bad place. This experience showed me that having education can change the world.” – Asha, TEAM Schools student

Samantha R. and Asla

Samantha R. and Asia

“Education opens doors. It’s about possibilities and opportunities. Education gives people the chance to rise above their circumstances and take control of their lives. I don’t think that the quote just means that only educated people can change the world. It means that educating the world is the best means by which to change the world. Education breaks down barriers, and by understanding the world and all of the people in it, all conflict would come to an end.” – Valerie, IU student

“What this quote means to me is that with education, we can achieve our mental and physical goals. When you are educated on important things, you need not to worry of the unnecessary. This quote can be seen in many different circumstances, such as being picked on or underestimating your abilities. As long as you have an education, you can achieve all of your goals and pursue your dreams. Education is very important because it gets you through life. It also helps you when you are going through tough times and when you’re unsuccessful.” – Asia, TEAM Schools student

B&B editing partners bond during the intensive editing workshop on Saturday, January 18

B&B editing partners bond during the intensive editing workshop on Saturday, January 18


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