Sophie Auvin

Sophie Auvin is passionate about language. She is involved in women and immigrant rights. Her goals for the year are to become bilingual, be more independent, try something new and crazy, and improve her soccer skills. Communicating with someone in their native language that is not her own is what inspires her.


College Decision Day 2.0

I hit the refresh button willing the status update to appear early. It was Friday, February 8th and Hamilton College EDII decisions were coming out at 8:00 pm EST. I hit the refresh button again just as the clock changed to 11:00 pm Brasilia time and the blue “view update” link appeared. Breathing in and…

18 April, 2019

Learning How to Let Go

I decide to take the long bus ride home rather than the direct one. I tell myself it’s so I can do some reading, but I end up falling asleep. I wake up halfway through the ride to the sunlight beating down on my face through the open window. As old samba songs play through…

04 April, 2019

A List of Firsts:

-First time in a Portuguese-speaking country -First time living with a host family -First time living near the ocean and mountains -First time living on an island -First time with a sister -First time trying: farofa, pastels, chimarrão, acai, brigadeiros, goiaba, yucca, etc. -First time going to a club and dancing to funk -First time…

21 March, 2019

Saying Goodbye

I thought I’d be ready to leave when April rolled around. I thought I’d be excited to come home, to leave Brazil, to start a new chapter. But, I am not ready nor excited. I feel like a toddler who’s about to throw a tantrum and scream “Give me one more month! Just give me…

21 March, 2019

Voce Fala Portugues?

One of my least favorite questions when I first arrived in Brazil was “você fala português?” or “do you speak portuguese?”. At the beginning, I used to resent the question knowing full well my answer was only a half-truth. Saying “yes” meant ignoring the fact I would get to a point in the conversation where…

21 March, 2019

Saturday, December 29th: A Midnight Swim

I turn around slightly and shouted “Vamos?” into the night only to see two figures charging ahead into the waves. I pick my feet up and run towards the murky waters mentally preparing myself for the shock of ice cold water. My feet fumbling over the pocketed sand, I rush into the ocean and was…

02 January, 2019


Middles:   I have a theory all middles are the same. All the nowheres filled with flat fields and sparse trees. Where roads cut through rocks still bearing the marks of the earth. With grazing cows and muddy rivers. The spaces between are carbon copies of each other. Driving in the nowhere, I can be…

18 December, 2018

An Introspective into Impacto Vivo

Thursday, December 6th marked my last day at Impacto Vivo, a local organization providing an after-school program to low-income kids. In this moment I am incredibly conflicted about the project closing and being forced to seek out new opportunities. While I never would have left the organization on my own, part of me is relieved…

07 December, 2018

Discovering Brazil

This Saturday will mark not only the start of summer here in Brazil but also my first three months in-country. It is weird to think about how just under 90 days ago, I arrived in Florianopolis knowing nothing about Brazilian language or culture. So, to celebrate all that I have learned and all that is…

28 November, 2018


At first, I was at a loss for what to write about for this month’s blog. So many things had happened, yet there was always one idea I came back to. This idea, however, was riddled with challenges that accompany writing about issues from the perspective of an outsider in a country I call home…

29 October, 2018


Let’s talk about comparisons. I have spent a majority of my life entangled in this never-ending cycle of “he’s smarter than me”, “she’s faster than me”, “they’ll go to a better school than me”, and any other he/she/they is please fill in the blank here than me. It’s funny because everyone says not to compare…

25 September, 2018

What to Pack for a Year in Brazil

How exactly does one fit their entire life into a 58L backpack? Out of all the questions I have about my upcoming bridge year in Brazil, this one feels the most daunting. So, below I have listed what I think are the essentials for 8 months in beautiful Brazil. 1.Sunscreen: A must for any pale…

08 August, 2018

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