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Eliza Stowe

Eliza is passionate about the earth, art, running, traveling and helping others. She is working towards a career involving global sustainability and development. She has spent her life backpacking and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as traveling internationally and domestically with her family. Her favorite quote is by Jack Kerouac and says, "Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." This year she wants to bring focus back in to her life and learn about new people and cultures . She dreams of becoming proficient in Spanish and is more than excited to form close bonds with her host family and friends!

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Before I Said Goodbye

April 25, 2019

Thursday, April 25 2019. Every once and awhile I wish more than anything that I could go back to those days before I said goodbye to Ecuador. Those days where I woke up to my natural alarm clock of the sun and the songs of the gas truck making it’s rounds past my house at...

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The Last Three Months: A transformation from existing to truly living in Ecuador

February 25, 2019

How do I sum up the last 3 months of my life in a single blog? The idea of November seems recent, but when I close my eyes and think back to it I see the last three months flash by with millions of memories and stories. When I close my eyes, the first thing...

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The Power of a Single Word

November 28, 2018

A picture can tell a thousand words, but sometimes a single word can paint an entire picture. If my time here in Ecuador has taught me anything, it’s the importance of a single word. Living in a Spanish-speaking community while speaking a limited amount of Spanish, has made me realize how important words are. On...

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Notes from the Field: A Day in the Life

November 1, 2018

Over the past month, I’ve sat down to write this new blog post probably 7 times – and each time something has held me back. The moscas are swarming and I can’t stand sitting, my little brother wants to play hide-and-seek, or it’s time to make lunch with Carmita, mi Abuelita. When I sit down,...

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Pimampiro, Ecuador – The New Place That I Call Home

September 22, 2018

Expectations (n): a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. Throughout the Global Launch week at Stanford, we had countless seminars about expectations. We heard numerous speeches about the importance of flexibility and adaptability. They told us it would be impossible to enjoy our year if we set expectations...

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A Year Ago Today

August 17, 2018

“Duke, Cornell, UPenn, Vanderbilt, Harvard..,” my friend, Sophia, rambles off a long list of prestigious universities that she plans on applying to throughout her upcoming senior year of high school. It’s hard to believe that I was in her shoes only a year ago. Last August, I was just like Sophia, a rising highly-motivated and...

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