Sofia Santos

Sofia Santos spent her early childhood in Managua, Nicaragua and moved to Los Angeles at age six. She has enjoyed many summers visiting relatives in Nicaragua and in 2018 spent a month with family in Ecuador. Sofia enjoys reggaeton music, spending time by the beach, yoga, and art. She is passionate about global health, design, and social equity. For the past 3 years, Sofia has volunteered tutoring homeless children on Skid Row. As a founding member of her high school’s Girls Up Club, she ran hygiene drives to support homeless women in Downtown L.A. and advocated for legislation with the U.N. and local representatives to promote higher education for girls internationally. Sofia created and led a Spanish Club, providing a space for the Latinx community in her high school, and introducing students to Hispanic culture beyond a traditional class setting. Her goals for the year are to create strong ties to her new community, to be spontaneous, and to create a sense of home in a different corner of the world. She hopes to read Spanish Literature, poetry, and finally get around to listening to the older Spanish artists her father always tells her about. “I think there is a human instinct to tell stories, no matter who you are or where you live.” - Sarah Kay


Los que nos cuidan

The De la Torres are an endlessly loving, patient, and thoughtful family whose priority is always their unit. For people that are so devoted to their bond, I realize how lucky I was to be embraced by them without question.   The first week with my host family I instinctively inherited the role of an…

04 May, 2020

"La Ciudad Blanca"

Misión Scalabriniana in a local parade holding up the sign “Humanidad”, or humanity.  The pristine streets of Ibarra, or La Ciudad Blanca, seem to support order and proud Latin American solidarity, with street names of its Incan history and one of the most diverse populations I have seen in Ecuador. Yet, if we only peel…

06 February, 2020

The "paro" is over, now what?

In the Kichwa language the phrase “yanka shimi,” means a useless language, one that is often used by mamas and taitas when referring to their native tongue with their children. Many of the younger indigenous population are encouraged to only speak Spanish in order to assimilate into mainstream culture. There are also no Kichwa classes in Ecuador’s…

25 October, 2019

Leaning into my Bridge-Year

The plane ride over to Stanford was precisely one hour long, a quick jump from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but the flight felt immensely long. I sat there in the middle seat, hoping to exhale after the tireless week of last-minute packing. The strangers beside me provided no consolation, I am traveling alone to…

02 September, 2019

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