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.
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.