Leonardo Ruiz-Sanchez

Leonardo Ruiz Sanchez is passionate about social justice, civil rights, and Mexican candy. Growing up in rural Tennessee, Leonardo saw an abundance of social inequality and racism which inspired him to strive for a brighter future. He is involved in his school and community by volunteering at his local library, pet shelter, and an after-school program. His goal is to continue his passion for social progress during his bridge year in Brazil. He wishes to gain a clearer understanding of world issues and of himself while also learning another language and experiencing a whole new culture. When he goes off to college, he believes that he will have a better sense of his passions and what he wants to commit to studying. His favorite quote is “Don’t be afraid to be controversial… you put yourself in a better position to be on the right side of history.”- Eileen Carey


Capstone Reflection- Leonardo Ruiz Sanchez

  [vc_video link=’https://youtu.be/IuepnI-VXHc’] This year was full of laughs, friends, struggles, coxinhas. So much that I decided to create a video to showcase some of the highlights of my time in Brazil. There were many times during this capstone process that I found a picture…

07 June, 2018

Where Even Am I?

This can be a simple or tricky question depending on how it is approached. It’s always easy to state the obvious: I am in Brazil. I am waiting for a bus. I am going to my apprenticeship. Although this is the truth, it is not…

14 May, 2018

Literally Just 20 Pictures of Coxinhas


03 April, 2018

Strengthening My Independence

Before coming to Brazil, I never really walked anywhere. Being from rural Tennessee, I was always forced to drive to places. The only times I actually went out and walked was on my way to my car. For this reason, one of the biggest changes...

15 January, 2018

Because Why Not

It has been 2 months since I’ve landed in Brazil, but it feels like it was just yesterday that I was preparing myself for the ten-hour flight from Houston to São Paulo. I am finding it extremely difficult to accurately sum it all up. There…

25 November, 2017

A Glimpse Of Brazil

If you have been wondering what I have been up to in Brazil, here’s a glimpse of the past two months. [vc_video link=’https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRYAS2rkaok’]  

16 November, 2017

5 Reasons Why I Chose To Take A Gap Year

When I first heard of Tufts 1+4 bridge year program I thought to myself, “I could never do that. I would never have the courage to fly across the world for an entire year.” Eventually, after much research, I decided to take a leap of…

13 August, 2017

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