Sophia Carroll

Sophia is passionate about environmental sustainability and policy as well as art/culture. She is involved in her school's Model UN and environmental clubs, as well as on the rowing team. Her goals for the year are to become comfortable in the new situations she will be faced with and learn to cook Brazilian food. She is inspired by her friends and family and the books she reads. Sophia is a Tufts 1+4 Fellow. Visit: to learn more about the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program.



It’s been a week since I got home from Brazil. It’s hard for me to even remember now what it was like to wake up in my bed, and sit on my couch watching The Voice Kids every Sunday, and spread doce de leite on…

19 May, 2017


I went last weekend to visit my host family in Curitiba, the city that I stayed in for two weeks when I first got to Brazil for In-Country Orientation. My family in Curitiba is a couple with no kids, and they are both doctors, (financially…

23 February, 2017

Afraid of Change

I wanted to do this year abroad because deep down I didn’t want to do it. Or, in simpler terms, because I thought it would be hard. I’ve developed a liking, maybe from 6 years of competitive rowing, to doing things that are hard because…

19 December, 2016

Overthinking My Overthinking

I spend a lot of time thinking about time. I remember before I left home I worried I would revert to “countdown mode” too much–a tactic I’ve used a lot at summer camp or during long erg pieces where I think about how much time…

22 October, 2016

No Expectations

 All the mindfulness and self-awareness exercises I’ve been doing at both Global Citizen Year PDT and Tufts 1+4 Orientation have made me think a lot about my character traits, ones that I value and ones that I want to change over my bridge year. I’ve…

07 September, 2016

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Sophia Carroll