Cameron Kaufman

After living in France for 5 years, Cameron moved to New York for high school and became a true student-athlete. She played forward on her high school basketball team and could be found reading and writing short stories off the court. She also served as the editor of the school yearbook. During the summer after her junior year, Cameron worked for a month in the Katmai National Park in Alaska on an environmental conservation project.

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Preparing to Say Goodbye

One year ago, after endless SAT prep classes, practice tests, the actual exam, APs, college orientation meetings, and virtually living on commonapp.org, i.e. the whole shebang, I finally was accepted into college. Honestly, I thought it would never happen, but it finally did. Similarly, I…

21 April, 2011

Up the Nevado

I’ve been living in Cayambe, Ecuador for about five months now. The small city is located in a valley nestled in the shadow of the volcano after which it is named: Nevado Cayambe. On a good day (although this is rare), the ever-present cloud veil…

07 April, 2011

A Gringa in Ecuador

I recently started working at the Escuela Convalescencia de Cayambe, a mere hour’s ride up a road that can hardly be called “cobblestoned.” After that gentle wake-up call, I have a 15 minute walk up a mudslide, oops, I mean, dirt road. I arrive at…

11 March, 2011

A Home Away from Home

My (biological) family recently visited me in Ecuador, and we went on a trip to the Galapagos. During my week away from my home away from home, I realized how much I missed being with my host family. I realized that the main reason my…

28 February, 2011

Assumptions, obstacles, and other difficulties

I once had a French teacher who told me that humor is the hardest thing to translate. I frequently go back to what she told me, especially when using that awkward fake laughter in order to feign amusement. I know you’ve all been there before….

12 January, 2011

The Other Side of the Fence

I recently started working at a day care for underprivileged children in Cayambe, Ecuador. Just the other day I tucked in a six month old to bed with a blanket reading “Beautiful Baby” (in English), accompanied by a picture of a smiling blond, blue-eyed baby….

06 December, 2010

A Familiar Scene

About three weeks ago, I made the long awaited transition to my new host family, who I will be living with for the next six months. I was overwhelmed by the suddenness of the transition that I had blown up to such large proportions in my…

19 November, 2010

Ecuadorable

This past week had us getting into the Quiteno rhythm; Spanish classes in the morning, a huge lunch back at home with the host families, and lectures at the university about various subjects to finish up the day. Of course, with the exception of Thursday’s,…

29 October, 2010

The Road Less Traveled

Left, right, left, right… My breath was labored after about four hours of hiking up the steep incline towards that summit that just never came, hovering in front of me like a mirage but never actually becoming reality. Several breaks eased the day along, but…

27 October, 2010

Ecuadorable

(This blog was originally posted on Oct 11, 2010, but due to technical difficulties was reposted on Oct 26) This past week had us getting into the Quiten᷉o rhythm; Spanish classes in the morning, a huge lunch back at home with the host families, and…

11 October, 2010

A brief intro to my story

I moved to New York City after living in Paris for five years. Living there was one of those defining moments that irrevocably changes your life. As an American Jew in a strict French Catholic school, you could say it was slight culture shock. It…

21 September, 2010

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Cameron Kaufman