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Silvina Sousa-Ransford
Housing and Greek Life

Saudade is a Portuguese word with many meanings and feelings. It has been described as representing a feeling of nostalgic longing for the return of something long gone. As an emigrant to the United States, I have many fond memories of my childhood. These experiences that I cannot share or impart on my daughter. She will have a different childhood than mine, without the many family members sharing in the experience and creation of memories. I am also at a point in my life where those that were most influential in my earlier development are dying due to old age, leaving behind a deep sense of suadade in my heart and being. I feel the absence and emptiness generated by the memories and the suadade for that which is no longer.

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