Today was our first day to really travel in the city and experience all it has to offer! We began the day with one of our classes at ECELA from 9-11 am, which is our clase de conversación. We usually have another class after that from 11 am-1 pm, which is our clase de gramática. Instead of taking our second class, we went and visited the Museo de Memoria.
This museum is specifically named the Museum of Memory to remember the events of the dictatorship of Pinochet. There are different views of this specific time in Chile between 1973 and 1990. From my experience at the museum, there were many atrocities committed during that time. Of the many emotions I felt while visiting the museum, I recognized that all over the world, people know the feeling of loss. Although that is not an emotion that I wish upon anybody, there is a unifying factor for all countries around the world that results from having been through controversial times. I only took pictures of the outside of the museum out of respect to maintain the dignity of those who lost there lives during the politically and socially divided time.
After visiting the museum, we all visited Barrio Lastarria, Museo de Nacional de Bellas Artes, and Cerro Santa Lucia. My favorite part of the entire day was climbing up to the top of Cerro Santa Lucia. We took about a 20 to 30 minute hike to the top of the hill and we were greeted by the breath taking view of the Andes Mountains at sunset. No matter how many pictures I take, there is no image that can capture the state of awe the mountains make you feel. The Creator of our world has a beautiful imagination and tomorrow I will get to climb them.
Although today was overwhelmingly amazing, I felt many emotions throughout the day that I have not had time to process until now. Beginning at school with the demands of learning to produce Spanish through immersion, to learning about the hardships of the people of Santiago, to experiencing the overwhelming presence of the Andes Mountains, has been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs. As a teacher, there will be events in my classroom that may cause the same emotional demands of myself or my students. This trip to Santiago is teaching me how to handle the emotional highs and lows we all will experience in life. I hope to be prepared to help my students through the same kind of emotional demand life brings and I hope to create an environment in my classroom where the emotional strain is limited.
I am currently a student at Buffalo State College working towards achieving my undergraduate’s degree in Exceptional Education with a concentration in English. I am extremely passionate about working with children and I believe it is my God given talent to teach. I grew up in the Buffalo Public School system and I dream about teaching in inner city schools with 1st graders. I am currently a teacher's aid at Edukid's Child Care Center in Buffalo and I am very grateful for the experience I am getting working with the children there. In my free time I enjoy playing my clarinet in the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band and dancing, specifically ballet.