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Leandra Pedretti

Leandra is passionate about anything that she can get her hands on-from social justice and feminism to writing and performing arts! As a graduate of a United World College, Leandra has been highly involved in delving into the wonders and dynamics of intercultural understanding and questioning everything that (she thinks) she knows. Her goals for the year are to learn in the most unconventional and unexpected ways, hopefully spreading some joy and enthusiasm to her local community throughout the journey. Her favourite quote is from Sylvia Plath; “When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know”.


the art of description

May 15, 2018

Here’s the link to my Capstone video! Throughout my time in Ecuador, and the process of blog-writing, it seemed impossible to put this experience into words. No matter how well I mastered the art of description, I knew that every reader would create their own version of this world in their mind. A world that...

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Mi NOvio

March 13, 2018

I was flipping through my Spanish exercise book the other day (searching for any notes to aid me in my never-ending struggle with the subjunctive tense) and I stumbled upon a super rough poem I’d jotted down a few months ago. It was written in a state of extreme frustration and although it’s set/heavily influenced...

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The Ecua-women in my life

February 6, 2018

I ask my abuela if she still loves her husband. We are walking along the cobblestoned streets of Cuenca, winding our way around colonial buildings, flower markets and our first personal conversation. I remember thinking how beautiful it was, the affection that lingered in all of our words. She has already asked me why I...

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October 30, 2017

Before my time in Ecuador, when it still felt hypothetical and distant, I was entirely convinced that this bridge year would be one inspirational story after another heartwarming encounter-on repeat. One after the other, all day, every day. A factory line of heartfelt anecdotes and life lessons. Every success would be insightful and significant, every...

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September 19, 2017

i check in to my suitcase-hostel find home in overflowing pockets and zippers that won’t close every stony street sings lullabies to my tired luggage heart beat thuds and wheels that ache i find home in airport-limbo and goodbyes that still linger as i write this i find closure where i can and mourn the...

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Realizing I Wanted To Reject Conventional Higher Education for a Bridge Year in Ecuador: A Decision In 3 Acts

August 5, 2017

I I’ve spent the last two years criticizing conventional education systems whenever I got the chance. Give me a prompt and the opportunity and stand back as I rant on and on about the not-so-subtle class discrimination involved in standardized testing or the ineffective nature of the ‘memorize and regurgitate’ method needed for the majority...

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