Sophie Meltzer

Sophie Meltzer is passionate about absorbing as much knowledge as she can from each situation she finds herself in. She enjoys playing sports, loves to read, and is determined to make an impact in the world, even if that means just affecting one person at a time. Over her Global Citizen Year in Ecuador, Sophie wants to gain fluency in Spanish, push herself outside of her comfort zone, and learn about what being a person means outside of her Massachusetts bubble. Sophie is thrilled to be taking this time to truly learn from those around her, and from the world itself. She is inspired by the stories of others and strives to understand life through as many perspectives as she possibly can.


Little Grey Pickup Truck

On so many mornings while in Ecuador I would awaken and, before opening my eyes, think that I was in my bedroom in Framingham. Each time I would drearily lift my eyelids to be reminded that I was in fact, still in my host community. Sometimes this excited me, others it was devastating, and sometimes…

11 May, 2019

Canceling the End

[image: MVIMG_20190214_121234.jpg] For six months I have thought of the end as unreachable. It’s been a fleeting glimpse in my imagination; a speculative date that always lay months and months away. So many rice dinners, church services, Spanish classes, and workdays always stood between where I was and the end of my gap year. I…

06 March, 2019

A Christmas Wishlist

For the past month, my little host sister Rafaela has been counting down the days until Christmas. Each day she comes into my room, asks me what the date is, and proceeds to tell me how many days until Papa Noel (Santa Claus) is going to come, and what she wants him, and me, to…

17 December, 2018


It is impossible to imagine how your life will change before it actually does. You throw yourself in, full of ideas and images of a world beyond your own, yet devoid of actual knowledge of what exists. Before the jump, changing everything seems purely adventurous — even glamorous. Yet, I have found that the landing…

26 September, 2018

Answering the Why

As I stand on the edge of my childhood, I teeter from the breezes of the influential voices all around me. From behind, the voices of my teachers, my high school friends, my parents, and all of those who have helped me along the way.  Their messages are loud and clear and I know that…

09 August, 2018

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