Carolina De La Rosa Bustamante

Carolina De La Rosa Bustamante
2010
Major: 
English - Creative Writing
Minor: 
Caribbean/Latin American Studies

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.