Melissa Matias

Melissa is passionate about visual arts, traveling, and writing. She is involved in bringing awareness to multiple issues on her spare time such as domestic violence, inequalities within America's justice system, and much more. Her goals for the year are to completely indulge herself into a new culture, break stereotypes through art, and push herself to take risks and be confident in her choices and abilities to make change. She is inspired by the simple shine a person gets in their eyes when they're genuinely happy, fulfilled, and successful.


Thank Yous

Thank You Staff I’m so grateful for the support that we have to fall back on. The close relationships we have with our team leaders in this cohort is one that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Zooni, thanks for listening to all of my problems…

03 February, 2020

Te Extraño Cultura Mia

I videochatted papi the other day to catch him up on everything. Homesickness. Actual sickness. Hindi class. My apprenticeship. The cohort. A WEDDING?!  As I’m talking to my dad, I hear mami stirring red rice in a pot and singing along to the latest Ozuna song…

16 December, 2019

Chasing Sunsets

serenity /sɪˈrɛnɪti/ Learn to pronounce noun the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. All my life, I’ve been fixated on this feeling of serenity. I was hoping that this time in India would bring me just that… but that was not the case. I…

15 December, 2019

27 P.M.

My emotions are usually at a plateau. No substantially huge downs and even less ups. I just exist? I do everything I’m supposed to and those are my normal days. Of course, there’s amazing moments within these days but it’s incomparable to this rare feeling…

16 November, 2019

Being Homesick Sucks?

“Live in the present” they say but for some reason, I can’t stop thinking about the life I’ve been living for the past eighteen years. October 27th was Diwali and in preparation of it, my host family and I set up lights and lamps all…

05 November, 2019


My "experience" in high school wasn't a good one but don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad one either. What it HAS been was a journey trying to find the "up to my down".  In elementary school, my fourth grade teacher asked the…

31 August, 2019

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