Thank you for the opportunity to express who I was through different barriers unknown to me. The Education Department would forever hold a VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART <3.
I've learned that nothing absotutely nothing goes to waste. As I embark my new journey as a Resident Assistant for Upward Bound at SUNY College at Buffalo I am amazed, as well as mentally prepare for what's next. I owe half that reason to studying abroad in Chile. Today, as I underwent my first day of training I was told that " about 2/3 of the incoming students for the summer program are immigrants from a different country and are classified as ESL students. Amazed, that through EDU 389 I was taught how to create different ideas to help those that are studying english as a second language. Furthermore, my experiences in the Chilean school's and in Chile itself have gave me the patience and understanding to break the barrier between the unknowwn. I knew coming back that studying abroad would benefit me. I've heard things in the past such as " when you apply to a job/career, studying abroad would make you stand out." However this is more enriching. It shows that the program does the job and although I am not an education major, I know enough to defend myself and help educate others. Which I hope to make a long term goal. Cheers to this new journey and the future memories that I will create. Cheers to DR. PATTI and DR. Del Prado for preparing us mentally and emotinally for this trip. Cheers to the friendships that would be everlasting. Cheers to the Education department. Cheers to Universidad Mayor. Cheers to CHILE, may I be gifted again to visit your soil. I would miss you dearly and all the components that you brought to my life.
Thank you for the opportunity to express who I was through different barriers unknown to me. The Education Department would forever hold a VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART <3.
As I sit here on this green chair attached to the American Airlines departure sector I reflect on this outstanding trip. I honestly wish I could stay here two more weeks. Even with all the complications that occur at times I wouldn't want to spend these past three weeks anywhere else. I feel that at times I become repetitive on this blog, but it’s important for me to highlight the changes and what was truly eye opening.
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well being- James E. Faust.
I’m currently living the last days in Chile. A bittersweet moment it is. There is so much that I would be taking away from this trip. From the relationships I built and the new friends that will forever remain. Most importantly I DISCOVER who I truly am. Growing up in such a superficial city I was caught up believing the material things and competitions was a necessity to life. Yet, Chile taught me that the key to life is happiness’s, and only you can live up to it. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and these three weeks have taught me to appreciate the simple things. All it takes is a smile, and I’m grateful for the girls who were chosen to embark this journey with me. I laughed more than I ever laugh in the past four years. Literally. So many days were my stomach hurt from laughter.
I couldn't wish to have this trip no other way.
I remember coming in to Buffalo State EOP summer program summer of 2013 with no blue print to how my college career would be.
I remember sitting in a classroom and the lecturer speaking about National student exchange and Study abroad. I pay close attention to the numbers describing the percentage of the students who travel abroad based on their race. The numbers were so low for Hispanic and African American. I thought it was a waste of time to present this lecture if they knew that we would not occupy those spaces in the future.
Yet, here I am a representative to my race and my culture. I’ve done it and I only plan to encourage my friends to pursue studying abroad or national student exchange. It’s an experience that’s enriching and touchable.
" I AM WHO I AM, AND I AM THE WOMAN I AM BECAUSE I AM "
De tu caderas a tus pies quiero hacer un viaje largo-Pablo Neruda. It was my pleasure to have visited the Isla Negra home of Pablo Neruda in Chile today. Growing up I heard many stories about his credibility of a great poet. A decade later here I am fortunate enough to step foot inside the home were he last took his breath. His home in Isla Negra is surrounded by waves, form above rocks. A beach house, were the peace is felt as soon as you enter the home. The home is built in form of a boat. The irony of life is that Neruda was obsessed with marine sculptures’, the ideal life of a marine but did not know how to
swim. Now that’s a fun fact. Being inside the home reminded me of my future home, near a beach. I joke with one of the girls and stated, “ Where are the Neruda’s of this generation “. Such senseless joke as my Neruda has supported me through the good and difficult times of this trip. Love you Trevor.
I hope I can make this picture come alive as I explain the beauty inside the home. There are many divide parts, which explain with detail the personality of the great Neruda. As mention before, Neruda was a great collector of sculpture, and his home was fill with them. Ancient sculptures abandoned, gifted by friends, even remade for own taste. One of the parts that stood out to me the most was that Neruda Incorporated his childhood life into his home. In the living room there were butterflies, and bugs that reminded him of when he was a child. Among other things there was globes of the world. Moreover, Neruda had a wall in honor of poets for whom he looked up to and work had inspired him. This was very important to see because you can see that even with all the fame Neruda was a humble man. I can never forget this day as I was alive to see how Neruda lived from the late 1930’s to early 1970’s and his home made it all come to real existence.
This fortunate trip also included a visit to Val Paraiso a famous city in Chile known for its unique architecture and arts. I never had seen anything like this in my life, maybe just in movies. Amazed by the arts of their own people, Chilean. It inspired me much more to want to visit all 7 continents of the world. An urge about other cultures and how they came to be is a goal close to my dear heart. Words are not enough and hopefully one day every human is fortunate enough to visit all parts of the world, live, and learn.
Below I have posted a poem written by me:
I stare at the love of my life
As he countlessly takes his breathe
I watch him as he anxiously grasped for air
Every second that goes by he is alive
A living being place purposely in this world
His deep brown eyes is the throughway to his soul
I travel to places that are unknown to him
I’ve experience and felt his pain
His wounds are awaken for me
The urge to heal them becomes my priority
Every day is a battle
Just a soldier in the battlefield
Giving up is not an option
While he lays there unconsciously
Oblivious to my artwork
He is the masterpiece
I’ve come so far, I won’t stop now……..
Being the only teenager from my neighborhood that graduated high school and went away to college has had great impact on me. While I’m traveling outside the states, my childhood friends are probably wondering how to not be sucked in by the streets. I could never forget where I came from and what made me. Una chica del BRONX. I take pride to have been given the chance to live such rough life. You wonder what kind of person would wish such things? I know its funny, yet it’s the truth. Living in poverty to a single mom, and negative factors in my surroundings has taught me so much in this life. It has mold me into the young strong minded and independent woman that I am today. I take pride in this trip because I worked so hard to be here. This trip has giving me the chance to learn so much about myself each and everyday. Made me realize my real purpose and define my goals in a much broader way.
The days in Santiago de Chile are getting better and better. A couple of days ago I play soccer with our friends from the school ECELA. Truth be told I had such a great time. I worked out my body, kicked the ball around, and made some new friends. From every person that I encounter in Chile I learn from. Every person in this world has something to offer, and I’m always open to hear those offerings. Being exposed to such a diverse popularity in Chile, and in the Spanish school has left me so interested to learn more about different cultures. Another fun activity also taken place was ENGLISH WEEK in Universidad de Mayor. The students there are so friendly, and full of love and energy. I was able to bring some of my Dominican spice and I danced some bachata with the students in the university. Bachata is a Spanish dance created in the Caribbean countries like Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
My next goal is to learn German. I know that it will be a very hard tongue to learn, however I’m willing to meet all the needs to learn this language.
Bienvenido al blog de Alexia Darlene Matos Mateo. Today I shared with you many interesting and wonderful memories made in Santiago de Chile during these past few days. To begin with, I would like to share an accomplishment that is so close to my heart. On May 30th, 2015 I had the wonderful experience of trekking /hiking the ANDES mountains. Yes, the famous ANDES mountains. Not a sign of anxiety or nervousness was felt. Every step and every rock that I came across with reminded me of the challenges that I went through and overcome in my life. I been knocked down so many times that I did not know that I could be deserving of paradise. I am so fortunate to be here today, and I can’t thank SUNY Buffalo State and the Education department for giving me the opportunity to accomplish this. I would also like to give a huge shoutout to the ARMY ROTC for the immense yet valuable training this past semester. I was mentally and physically ready to hike the ANDES moutains.
In addition to trekking the ANDES Mountains I would like to state a very humbling experience that I encounter this weekend. After trekking the mountains as a group we decided to go to a local family restaurant in a small town near the ANDES. Moreover, this place is known for their delicious empanadas. I’ll start by stating my obsession with empanadas. Therefore I decided to order another delicious ham and cheese empanada. Sadly, the owners had made a mistake with my order. They asked if I’ll like another kind of empanada and I softly answered ”it’s ok, no biggie”, of course in Spanish. They felt so bad and gave me a free cake. My conscious would not let me take the cake. I felt that there was not any mistake. Yet this kind hearted and humbling action reminded me of my mom; a woman who is willing to give her own leg and arm for the greater good of human kind. She has such an amazing quality for which she has pass on to me. This kind action reminded that there is good in all people. No matter where you go or what seas you travel there is people who were placed to do well in this world. I’m just a New York City girl who hopes to be the change she wants to see in this world. It is to remember that all you need is a voice, and an audience. Such a small person with a big heart and my voice will be heard one day I hope.
Furthermore, other small events that occurred over the course of the week included a visit to a Mexican restaurant were I seen images illustrated on the walls of my favorite show when I was a young kiddo. This show was called “EL CHAVO” it was so amazing to see how Chile incorporates different cultures within their own culture. Also, we visited Santa Lucia a very beautiful place. There we learn more about the history of Chile. Something that stood out the most was that in Santa Lucia there is a castle, and in that castle there is an underground passage. In this passage there was prostitution, and slavery that occurred in the Early 1500’s. WOW! Every country has it’s own history that may be known or not to society.
Thank you to everyone who follows me in this journey. I hope that you are interested and proud of all the footsteps being printed in this path.
Hola Chica(o)s ! So many things have occured since I landed in Santiago, Chile on Sunday May 24,2015 at 8:30am. It all started with my luggage not landing in Chile, according to Delta air line it was still in the airport of Atlanta, Georgia. There could've been many attached emotions to this desperate situation. From being mad, sad, anxious, and much more. However, a surprised to all the girl I chose to be : JOLLY. I learned that God would not put me through something that I myself couldn't handle. Visiting Chile is a once in a life time experience, although I plan to visit all of South America one day. I can already see my growth as woman and it's only been TWO days !! Chile has open my eyes to see the world in such a different way, to the understanding of humankind, and it's real purpose in this world.
One of the best experiences that I've been welcomed to with open arms is the Spanish school: ESCELA. I know your probaly thinking, Spanish school ? You do not need that. See the irony of life has taught me that I do. Though I am fluent in Spanish, my grammar is not so well. For the couple of days that I've been in the school my spanish grammar has already improved so much. From learning how to use certain words in a present, and past tense. Morever, they placed me in an advanced spanish conversational course. This course has gave me the opportunity to learn from different individuals living in different countries aside from USA. Individuals who all play a big part in the world. From being in the military, teaching in England, or an executive secretary of a company in Brazil. Being the youngest in class, their wisdom has influenced me very positively. Today we discussed a topic that was proposed in the USA around the year of 2006 by a guy name Miller. The article spoke about a city that would be name Laurent near South Dakota, a city that will provide land and hospitality for people whom are death. The people who are not death and want to live in this city must learn sign language. Such a heated/controversial conversation in class today, yet very intersting and intellectual. The thing that SCARES me the most is that as an U.S citizen I am not aware of the things that are currently occuring in our country.Too caught up on other things like social media. A Fear to know that outside people know more of us than we know of ourselves. Here on this blog I promise to read all current, and past events not just ocurring in the USA, but all over the world. A mind that is inform is a mind that GROWS.
Today I walked almost 3,000 feet to visit the Virgin of San Cristobal in Santiago de Chile. I've decided that I wanted to walk with my chica Nathalie. As we walk and the altitude increase my heart began pounding really fast. There weren't any borders protecting us as we walked up. I felt that anytime I could loose my balance and fall. Nonetheless, my angel send by GOD: Nathalie, was there through it all to support me. A great BATTLE BUDDY she was and is. I also met a chilean girl name Nathalie oo. Such a great and positive spirit. Both helped me make it through such journey that at the moment was a decision of life or death. Nonetheless, I am a prideful woman that would not let this mission failed. I MADE it all the way to the top. Gracias DIOS.
More journeys to occur... Looking for a TATTOO PARLOR NEXT !!!!
I begin today's blog by stating the joyful moment that I'v experienced this weekend; days before heading to chile. My abuelita (grandma) was visiting from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and my favorite cousin's babyshower also occured. It was honestly the best moment in my life that I had in a while. The simplicity of life is to love others, and learned from those journeys with the people around us.
I cannot wait for Santiago, Chile and the experiences that I will live with my girls. I know that it's going to be a blast, yet an amazing learning enriching experience. From learning the dialogue of Chileans, and rushing into restaurants to find the food of the day. The mountains that we will climb and on each and every step appreciating life. I want to lastly want to thank GOD for this experience without him, and the strength that he gives me all of these things would not be possible. Gracias papa dios contigo todo es possible.
Today marks two weeks away from our trip to Santiago, Chile. The excitement that grows tremendously in my heart has become a part of me by now. I'm so anxious to meet my host family, and the Chilean community. Moreover, I'm even more excited to learn a new culture that has so much to offer to visitors like myself. One of the most important cultural establishment that I am enthusiastic to visit is the museum of 911 in Santiago, Chile. As we learn about the Chilean community is wonderful how we are also able to learn about ourselves ( United States citizens).
Nonetheless, I will be missing my family back at home and my amazing boyfriend. Though, this will be an amazing journey being away from them for three weeks is a pretty long period of time.
CHILE I CANNOT WAIT TO BE THERE !!!!!!
Hola! My name is Alexia Matos-Mateo and I am currently attending SUNY College at Buffalo ( Buffalo State College). I'm pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Intelligence Analysis and a minor in deviance.