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 "