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Philosophy Student Shows Strength in the Face of Loss

Josephine Yurcaba and her mother, Paris.

Sophomore Josephine Yurcaba hasn’t had it easy this semester. The Philosophy and English double major learned over the Easter break that her terminally ill mom likely has only a few months left to live.

Josephine and her family are being very intentional about the time they have left together, as a recent Technician feature article describes. Read  “Paris to Paris”  to get a sense of Josephine’s strength and her positive attitude in the face of great loss.

Josephine’s family issues have not diminished her capacity to keep her grades up or to write high-quality articles for Technician, where she has served as the Life and Style editor.

The same edition of NC State’s student newspaper includes an article written by Josephine about Associate Professor of Philosophy Timothy Hinton. Yurcaba’s article on Hinton, which is part of a center-page feature on service and activism, describes Hinton’s experiences as an outsider on the inside of Apartheid South Africa.  The South African native says that growing up under apartheid fostered his interest in political philosophy and ethics.

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  1. God bless you and your family. I volunteer for an organization you might be interested in: Students of AMF ( It’s helped a lot of students, and the way you are working to help your mother realize her dream is exactly the kind of spirit wtih which AMF operates.

    I hope your mother has a wonderful trip.