When I realized that semester after semester I kept being attracted to courses that explored some aspect of Latin America, I decided to declare a CLAS minor. Being from Colombia, I have an inherent interest for my region of the world, which I have been able to develop thanks to this program. Here I have encountered committed and prepared faculty who have supported and motivated me to undertake exciting and compelling projects, both inside and outside the classroom. For instance, in the summer of 2009 I ventured into New York City to interview Colombians about their immigrant experiences in relation to bilingualism.
In addition, sponsored by CLAS and an Internship Fellowship, I traveled to Colombia during the 2009-2010 winter break to collaborate with PEN Colombia and other organizations in a program to promote reading in San José del Guaviare. The internship was engaging and rewarding, and served me as a frame for a larger endeavor: my Honors project. The latter consists of researching current initiatives that foment reading, with the purpose of ultimately designing my own strategy to encourage reading for pleasure in Colombia, as an experience that can provide personal and social development as well as mere enjoyment.