Matt in Santiago, Chile

Hey! This is me standing above Río Mapocho in el Parque de los Esculturas (which translates to Scuplture Park) in the Providencia region of the Santiago metro area. There isn’t much water flowing due to the current dry climate. Behind me, you can see the Grand Torre Santiago. The first five floors make up an enormous mall that I visited. (Photo Credit – Matt Randolph)

Hey, everyone! My name's Matt Randolph (Amherst '16). I'm a History and Spanish double major and a current junior at Amherst College. I also hope to complete the Five College Certificate in Latin America, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. I'm studying abroad in Santiago, Chile for the 2015 Spring semester through the IFSA-Butler program. Don't be shy: Check out my blog posts below! 😀

Matt’s Posts

  • Journey to the Corner of the Earth: Arriving in Santiago, Chile

    Journey to the Corner of the Earth: Arriving in Santiago, Chile

    Journey to the Corner of the Earth: Arriving in Santiago, Chile  I honestly felt like an astronaut as I boarded that international flight heading from Atlanta to Santiago. I’m not talking about a contemporary astronaut going on a trip to the moon. I felt more like I was in some kind of time dilation science fiction story where the interstellar space traveler is about to leave Earth for a long journey, traveling faster than the speed of light, only to …Continue Reading »
  • Gringo Afroamericano: Reflecting on Race and Study Abroad

    Gringo Afroamericano: Reflecting on Race and Study Abroad

    Hey, reader! Did you miss me? (¿Me extrañaste?) I just got back from a weekend trip in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. It was my last chance to relax before I would have to begin attending orientations for the possible universities in which I could study. In Valparaíso, I visited the port, major monuments, and enjoyed some seafood. I also made sure to fit in a trip to Viña del Mar to spend some time on the beach. During my …Continue Reading »
  • Gringo Afroamericano, Part II: Risk-taking and Happiness Abroad

    Gringo Afroamericano, Part II: Risk-taking and Happiness Abroad

    Can We Talk about Race? “What is the percentage of blacks in the United States?” I definitely did not anticipate some of my classmates’ answers to this question in my class on race and ethnicity in the Americas in Chile. Thirty percent! Fifty percent! (What?) My reaction was immediately to jump in and assert that the black population was actually only thirteen-percent. Furthermore, as a North-American international student, especially as someone who identified as a member of the population in question, …Continue Reading »
  • Traveling within Chile: Northern Deserts and Southern Lakes

    Traveling within Chile: Northern Deserts and Southern Lakes

    Hey, readers! I’m back from my hiatus from blogging and I’m more than ready to update you on my adventures throughout Chile! April was quite a busy month, full of traveling to new places in this dynamic country and adjusting to the workload here. I find my academic life studying abroad just as challenging and demanding as the classes back at Amherst College in Massachusetts. To be fair, I voluntarily chose to pursue an independent research project to study the …Continue Reading »
  • Brazil and Uruguay: International Travel while Studying Abroad

    Brazil and Uruguay: International Travel while Studying Abroad

    I strongly believe that the first image of study abroad should never be backpacking or vacationing throughout a continent. However, I still think that traveling internationally while studying abroad allows students to become more mindful of the cultural variations and connections between countries. By fitting in one or two international trips during their semester abroad, one’s appreciation and understanding of their “home-base” country can only improve. As much I grew by traveling within Chile, whether I went to the northern desert or the southern lakes, the chance to …Continue Reading »
  • Gringo Afroamericano, Part III: Back to Baltimore

    Gringo Afroamericano, Part III: Back to Baltimore

    Hey, readers! I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog so far this year! My final post is a video in which I reflect on reverse culture shock (that experience of coming back home after being abroad)! Links to the first two blogs in the “Gringo Afroamericano” series: –Part I – Reflecting on Race and Study Abroad –Part II – Risk-taking and Happiness Abroad Want to learn more about black identity and travel? Check out this NYT article by Ashley Southall, “Black Travel …Continue Reading »

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