Introduction

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog!

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Since today is my birthday and I know everything will get crazy very quickly with finals and preparation to leave, I would like to introduce myself.

As I prepare to leave, I am very excited! April told us that we get the opportunity to travel around Mexico with a school group, which I think will be a very rewarding experience. We will get to learn about the historia colonial de Mexico (though my learning may be hindered because I can’t speak Spanish). I am most looking forward to getting to know my host sister and host family because I think that getting to connect with others is the best part of exchange. If anything, I’m most nervous about getting lost or not understanding other people because of the language difference. I’ve always been someone who likes to be in control of situations, so it will be interesting to sit back and let things happen for once.

Some things about me:

I am vegetarian.

I have been vegetarian since I was born, and I love cooking. I’ve always strived to go above the status quo in the food I make, the way I work, and the way I live my life.

I am musically inclined.

I have played the piano since I was 5, the viola since I was 9, and the guitar for the past few years. I have always been singing since I was a little girl, and my experiences in choir and as a solo artist have shaped me. I love writing music—if that’s all I did for the rest of my life, I would be a happy girl. Music fills up the emptiness in my life that I sometimes experience. It has helped me through so much that I couldn’t even begin to describe.

I travel a lot.

My mom was a travel journalist before I was born and my dad taught English abroad, so I have grown up in a family that values experiences over material items. Because of this, I have had the opportunity to travel all across the world. This has significantly altered my perspective and made me the person who I am today. It has also increased my fascination with languages—I hope to someday be fluent in French and Tagalog—and it has made me more adaptable and open to to different environments and people. Additionally, my mom is an immigrant from the Philippines while my dad grew up in California. This has given me a multicultural identity, one that I sometimes struggle with but have grown to appreciate above all else.

I am a very passionate and ambitious.

I have always wanted to live an exciting life, to travel, to learn outside of the classroom, and to live spontaneously. While I love my home and my roots, I have an indescribable itch to just get up and take a plane across the world. I want to learn always and never become stagnant in my growth. I want to create change in the world and have impact on other people. I want to create beauty in a world where I feel like there is so much adversity, polarization, and hate. Sister Cities will provide me with the opportunity to apply my beliefs pertaining to human connection to real life, and I am so grateful for that.

I have strong values.

My values—whether rooted in religion or spirituality or the people around me—are extremely important to me. I try my best not to compromise my character and beliefs. Though I have failed, I am driven to be better. I always value the people in my life so much. My family and friends are the most important things in the world to me, and I will be there for them till the very end.

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