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

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…

02 June, 2017

I wrote a journal…

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…

18 May, 2017

The Bubble

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…

25 April, 2017

Risotto and Responsibilities

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…

31 January, 2017

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

  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…

20 December, 2016

6th week / 34

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…

01 October, 2016

In search of a new home

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…

12 August, 2016

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