Mexico 100

Mexico 100

Now I have to warn everyone if you are not in tune with your hippie self you might not understand, but over this week I have felt more at home than I ever have in D.C. I have started to find the places that make me feel like I am somewhere great, like I am working toward the goal of the great people that have passed though this place before me. What was even better was, I was able to share this with my new friends from TWC's Mexico 100 program as I got to play tourist in D.C. again. Meanwhile I learned more about the Aztec and Mayan cultures and made a new set of friends.


Mexico 100: Weekend getting to know the new program

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the Mexico 100 students had their language immersion segments.  I'm serving as U.S. Ambassador to some of the students in the program, and on the first day we had root beer floats and got to know each other, but this quickly turned into excursions in the city. We went to the Air and Space Museum, and then the Washington Memorial and my favorite,  the Lincoln Memorial.  Fun did not end there though.  We talked late into the night and shared types of dances performed at weddings.



Peers in the Global Scholars Program


Galina Bogatova



 

Galina has been going to school at St. Petersburg State University, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Diplomacy, The Russian Federation and Foreign Countries. This semester she is working at the Association for the Diplomatic Studies and Training. She hopes to one day be a representative for the Russian Federation in the United States. At present, the field is male dominated, but Galina hopes to be a part of the change.

 

What have you witnessed that has strengthened or weakened your faith in humanity?

Travel has strengthened Galina's faith in humanity. Traveling is very powerful because you can have an idea about a country, but it can change drastically when you are able to speak with people about what they think and value. It is also incredibly fascinating to find out what a country's and individuals' perception of your own country and identity are. What makes her feel worse about humanity is when she thinks or learns about armed conflict. Mostly because in many of these situation,s those that are involved do not understand the reasons for the war, which she understands as always being rooted in resources.

 

What was your greatest challenge, and how have you overcome it?

This is her first experience abroad. The support of her friends and good time management have helped her to adjust to the challenges of living abroad for a semester. When she goes back home she knows that she will think differently because of her experiences, and this feels like a first step to the life she wants to live.

 

Líse Lacerda


 

Líse is from the Federal University of Bahia and is studying law. Her university is located in her home town of Salvador, Brazil.  Her hometown is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records for having one of the biggest street festivals in the world during carnival.

 

Líse is Interning at the Seraphim Organization which advocates for public health and against human trafficking. She has really enjoyed working in the U.S. because these topics are placed in an open forum. In addition, the chance to see the situation from a different perspective has been transformative. Her internship is perfect for her, considering she wants to work to make human rights a reality, but her passion is with prisoners' rights. After she graduates, she plans to work for a non-profit that protects prisoners' rights.

 

What do you wish you knew?

Lise wishes she knew more about literature. She loves to read, and there is more information than she will ever be able to get though. She is trying to create a holistic knowledge of both Brazilian and classic western authors. She also loves classic novels like Crime and Punishment and Jane Eyre. She wants to go to Russia because of the books that she has read. She also wishes she had the ability to swim, but she is too embarrassed to go learn.

 

What has been your greatest challenge moving to a new city, and how have you overcome it?

This was not her first experience abroad, but she felt a little insecure about how to behave professionally. However, the hardest part was arriving a couple days late because of the visa process. Lise had to move in the the housing facility on her first day of class. She didn't how to work the metro and had spent the past 24 hours in the airport, so she had to call a taxi to get to class at the right time.

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