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Ashley Kolpak

Born and raised in Buffalo Grove, Ashley's been a little here, there and everywhere, but is a Chicago girl at heart. She currently works as a writer and editor for fitness, music, cultural blogs and more. She's a proud Illini (graduated with Bachelor's in Media Studies in 2009), a dedicated Francophile, a music-lover and a writer always.

Articles by this Author
Finding Community in Tumultuous Times photo
What does it mean to be a part of a community? The ecosystems that surround me, the ones I’m outside of looking in, the communities I’ll never understand.
Sowing the ‘Seeds’ of Social Change photo 1
A select group of socially-minded Jewish entrepreneurs got the chance to pitch their ideas for social change and win $1,000 to make it happen at JCC Chicago’s Seed613: The Pitch on June 22.
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A Splintered Soul brings a unique interpretation to the traditional Holocaust stories shared on stage.

My Heart (Still) Belongs to Birthright photo 1

I took my Shorashim trip to Israel in the summer of 2007 and the memories of that adventure still flicker brightly in the back of my mind.

The Making of A Personal Statement photo_th

This past weekend, I ventured down to my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and for 36 hours clumsily made my best attempt at re-living my college days.

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The last gasp of summer is upon us, so I’m making it my business to get outside and enjoy as many activities “al fresco” as I can before the blustery winter weather inevitably makes its sinister return (Sorry, not a winter fan).

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At a recent event I came across a vibrant, expressive man in the midst of a “mid-life opportunity,” surely not be confounded with a “mid-life crisis.” Ears perked, I asked him directly what brought him to this event. His eyes were perfectly still and fixated on mine as the words left his mouth.” After spending my whole life in the church, I’m leaving. I left. I’m making a clean break.”


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