• Original Series: "Nineteen, Twenties…"
  • The Intervention

      I hate confrontation, I really do, especially when it involves bringing a friend to their senses. When I get into these predicaments though, I remind myself that it is for their greater good, and if it were not for my kindness and concern, they would forever be left in the dark. These are the […]

  • Original Series: "Nineteen, Twenties…"
  • Voicemail to Mom

      At twenty years old, I imagined myself a famous writer who would have to drop out of college as a result of the insane success of my book. I would be traveling the nation for my tour and then eventually get a call from Paramount Pictures requesting my blessing to transform the book into […]

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  • First Chilean Experience In a Nutshell

    My Chilean Experience In a Nutshell Well, after doing a 4 month exchange in Ecuador, I have finally started my backpacking experience with one of my best friends, Amy (who else). The following is a description of my first Chilean experience in a nutshell. My Hair Catastrophe We said goodbye to our Ecuadorian families, went […]

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  • I’m Going To Jump

    I was so stressed out. The night before my despedida (goodbye party) that my family planned for me, I was balling my eyes out. My sister had told me that I missed the deadline to submit my FAFSA application. FAFSA stands for The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a form that is filled out annually […]

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  • Fuerza Ecuador: First Day of Volunteering Down!

    I am in a study abroad program called the Undergraduate International Partnership for Service Learning (IPSL), which engages students in both a cross cultural education and community service. Since the beginning of my program, I have been volunteering at La Fundación de Padre Damien. As aforementioned in my previous posts, Padre Damien is a nonprofit organization […]

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  • Dealing With The Devastation of Ecuador’s Strongest Earthquake

    I have this trait from my dad where I make almost everything into a joke. Like him, it’s how I cope with many experiences, especially the unfortunate ones. I recently made a post where I described my experience with the earthquake that happened here in Ecuador, on Saturday, 4/16/16. I drew a cartoon, illustrating how […]

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  • The Flower Shop Boy

    Every day after I leave the foundation to get to school, I wait for the bus. It only costs 35 cents here, so I do not mind spending the money. By the bus stop, there are flower vendors along the street. Each cart is filled with flowers of every kind. For weeks, I would just […]

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  • I Thought I Had a Parasite!

    The thing about having a blog is, sometimes, I’m in a funky mood when I write. It’s late at night right now and honestly, I don’t feel like writing some dainty, charming post with an insightful message behind it. Instead, I’m going to vent about my health crisis while simultaneously sharing some interesting moments I […]

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  • La Finca

    What Is A Finca? A “finca” is a word in Spanish for people who have small farms, as opposed to an “hacienda” which is a huge farm. Now, when I talk about a “finca,” I am not talking about 20 acres of land inhabited by cows, goats, chickens, and corn mazes. My family owns about […]