Photo stories from Illinois

“Mama we made it!”

“I’ve been at this college for almost a quarter of a century.”

“Putting seeds for the squirrels for an independent study.”

“Sharing the festival of colors with friends.”

“I’m really sore today.”

“It’s a fun event for a good cause. And brings the campus together because of the different groups that signed up for.”

“I’ve been working at this school for only five months and I admire every student.”

Greenhouse, Knox College.

“Something I always try to live by.”
“One random act of kindness can change a person’s day, but the continuous repetition of those acts of kindness can change a person’s life.”

“I have to put in hard work, both on and off the field. At the end of the day, my goal is to be successful at whatever I do.”

“I would like to thank the student body for electing me as a president of the student senate. But before taking my position, I need to survive finals. See you in the fall!”

“What are you going to miss about this school?”
“I’m gonna miss walking around the campus and seeing all the faces of people I know and the people I want to know.”

“The best memories we have together are laughing when no one else is, the only thing that matters to us is that we understand each other.”

“Over the past four years I have been fortunate enough to play ball with great teammates, a lot of them have become my closest friends that I will stay in touch with long after graduation.”

“I’m ready to graduate, find a job and make some money.”

“We both are from Georgia, the country not the state. We first met at a ski resort in 2012. We’ve been in a long distance relationship since then. She studied in London, while I’m studying at Knox College.”

“I think I’m a pretty adventurous person. I did bungee jumping last year and I’m planning on doing canyon swing this summer in Nepal and hopefully skydiving next summer.”

“What are you guys doing for summer?” “We are visiting our grandparents and cousins.”

“Family is the most important thing. And I’ve seen what drug use, abuse and addiction can do to a family. My sister’s been addicted to heroin for over 5 years now and it’s been tough on everyone. About one in four Americans know someone affected by drug addiction. How sad is that? America is the greatest country in the world, but drugs, lack of education, and violence are all prevalent–especially in low income areas. I see the solution in politics. I plan on becoming a politician to help these people whose voice all too often goes unheard…It’s been a brutal and emotional 5 years. But you’ve got to own it. You’ve got to find a way to use pain as motivation. Her demons and her pain are what drive me in every single thing I do. Good grades, success in sports, founding a charity…I owe all of that to her.”

“I’m from the West Bank and I wished I was in Gaza this summer. I became very depressed, couldn’t sleep days and nights because of what was happening in Gaza. I wish I was there so I could help carry children to the hospital. There is a small hospital in Gaza where I could have volunteered…honestly, sometimes I wish I was dead, because I couldn’t handle seeing my family and friends die. But I’m glad things are getting better now.”

“I like to cook delicious food for my friends because I’m happy when they are happy.You should always find pleasure in other people’s happiness. When I see my friends enjoying life, dancing and smiling, it brings a smile to my face and helps me dance and smile.”


“We’ve been running this B&J concession for over 3 years. We only sell beef hot dogs as part of our retirement part time job.”

“My cousin was born with muscular dystrophy. Everyday I see her struggle to do the things that I take for granted. Even with her disability she is one of the most positive people I have ever met. She inspires me to keep laughing and take full advantage of the small joys life brings. Positivity is a power like no other, and I hope this message reminds people of the blessings they have.”

Hadee Ahmadi – blogger, photojournalist.

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