Coordinators Profiles

Gaby Quintanilla

by BorderLinks |

The first immersion I participated in at Santa Clara was to El Salvador, the summer before my sophomore year. I applied to that specific immersion because it is where my parents were born and raised, and I wanted to better understand the history and culture of their home. Upon my return from the immersion, I realized that I had not only learned about the harsh realities that continue to effect the people of El Salvador as a result of a civil war, but I learned a lot about myself and what I hoped to make of my remaining years at Santa Clara. Since the immersion, I have discovered and developed my passions as well as made meaningful connections with faculty, staff, and peers. I continue to hold the memories of the people and families I had the privilege of meeting in El Salvador-- despite the country's adverse past, its people continue to see the good in others, accept and encourage one-another with such great faith. As a graduating senior, years after having experienced El Salvador, I have had time to digest and understand what my various experiences at Santa Clara have meant to me. My experience in El Salvador, being among the most significant, is what inspired me to apply to be an immersion coordinator. As a coordinator I hope to facilitate the immersion experience for others who are in search of a deeper understanding of others and themselves. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to walk alongside my Santa Clara peers on such a meaningful and powerful journey.

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