Sofía & India 101 (Take 2)

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Hola! My name is Sofía and I am a Chilena, rising senior, studying one of the acronym majors: PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics). It is indeed as interesting as it sounds! I’m also pursing a minor in Psychology which means I get to take the really interesting courses about the mind and why we act/think/feel the way we do.

I am very excited to be part of the 2014 CASI Cohort with all it entails! I’ve been dreaming about travelling from India since a very early age. I could think of nothing farther and more different from my life in Chile. I will now spend 80 days of my life in India this Summer. I could not be more thrilled!

In planning my visit to India, it was very important to me that I don’t just stay for a short vacation. Instead, I knew I really wanted to spend a considerable amount of time trying to immerse myself in a country that I thought to be so foreign. My perception of India changed after meeting Indian expats in both High School and College. My friend Trisha from Mumbai taught me that Indians and Chileans indeed share a lot more than what I thought. What seemed like a foreign and distant place became much more relatable. It is this image of India that I think I am travelling to: a place where family is important, tradition is treasured, and education is valued… and food is great! (By the way, I’m a foodie so you will probably hear a lot about what I’m savoring)

I will be interning with Leap Skills Academy in Yamuna Nagar. My interest in education stems from my own experience teaching around the world. My dedication to this field has taken me to the coolest corners of the world: rural Chile, urban Hong Kong, West Philly, and now India! I firmly believe that education is the key that unlocks positive change and its benefits are countless.

India’s pandemic illiteracy contrasted with the thriving entrepreneurial spirit I see in the Indian diaspora has always left me wondering what India could be if everyone were provided at least a minimum education level. Needless to say, it excites me to think of the potential that Indian women could have if they were granted the same rights and privileges. I hope, in some way, to affect some of this positive change even if it is at a very, very small degree. Most importantly, however, I wish to learn about the problems (that are usually common to all countries to some extent) in order come up with ideas that can mitigate them. I really do spend a lot of time reflecting on the big questions of life and wondering what I can possibly do to solve the unsolvable social issues of the world.

It is with these thoughts that I travel to India. I’m prepared to be mystified, confused and also excited by what I hear, smell, and see. I don’t have a clear idea of what I will be doing or how I will be spending my time, so I do sometimes feel like I’m jumping into an abyss of the unknown. Yet, it is a leap that I am thrilled to take.

 Hong Kong

This is my CDC in Hong Kong during

Summerbridge 2011 🙂

 

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About Sofía

Chilean studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and Psychology. Graduating May 2015. Spending my 2014 Summer in Yamuna Nagar with LEAP Skills Academy in India.