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Fernanda Tornell

Fernanda Tornell is passionate about animal rights, traveling, and graphic design. Her goals for the year are to live in the present, to discover a better sense of ambition and engagement in the world, to form a strong bond with her host family and fellows, and to be fluent in Portuguese. Her favorite quote is "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" by Frida Kahlo, her favorite Artist, because it reminds her that in this life there is no limits and that by using our imagination, everything is possible.


“Educado” vs Educated

June 2, 2017

I am currently in the process of applying somewhere (where is not important in this context) and in order to get in I had to write an essay. The essay required me to answer a couple of questions in less than 500 words, one of them being What is the role of education in your...

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I wrote a journal…

May 18, 2017

Its over! I am back from Brazil…  Throughout my time there I decided to write a journal, I have never kept a journal or a diary before but since this experience was so unique and GCY encouraged it a lot I decided to try and write one. I did not religiously write every night before...

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The Bubble

April 25, 2017

Throughout our bridge year, GCY requires us to give a "speak up" at any one of our seminars. A speak up consists of a fellow standing in front of their cohort and giving a mini speech on whatever topic they prefer. I was chosen to give my speak up during the last seminar (TS3). I...

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Risotto and Responsibilities

January 31, 2017

Yesterday after eating more than two bowls of the delicious “risoto de lula” that my host mom made, Kenya and I were laying down on my bed almost in a food coma, talking and talking about everything and nothing at the same time. Eventually we started discussing a common topic that always ends up sneaking...

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The Struggles of Being Bili….Trilingual(ish?)

December 20, 2016

  Ever since I moved from Mexico to the United States I began to struggle to juggle two languages. Now that I am in the process of learning a third, these struggles are adding up everyday. I could go ahead and write a full blog post about all my feelings and frustrations, buuuut we all...

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6th week / 34

October 1, 2016

I have been putting off writing this blog because I have had so many different experiences since I left home that its hard to put them into words. However, I have been taking plenty of pictures, to the point that I have to download them all to my computer on a weekly ritual and since...

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In search of a new home

August 12, 2016

I consider myself fortunate because I have had the opportunity to live in three very different places so far. And even more so because each place grew special enough to me that I can now call each one of them my home. Every time I moved away was extremely challenging, however, each move was a...

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