Sophie in Mendoza, Argentina

¡Hola todos! My name is Sophie Delfeus. I am a political science major spending her academic year abroad in Mendoza, Argentina with IFSA-Butler.

At Amherst I am in the AC Gospel Choir and the First Generation Association. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures and moments of reflection! 

Sophie’s Posts

  • Tasting Mendoza: The Secret to the Culture of Community

    Tasting Mendoza: The Secret to the Culture of Community

    As I continue to take in my new life in Mendoza, I am dedicating this blog post to exploring the nature and treasures of Argentine cuisine. Since arriving, my taste buds have adjusted to new mealtimes and styles. Compared to meals in the United States, breakfasts are quite light, lunches are heavy, and dinners are optional. Pancakes and eggs at home have been replaced with a glass of Nesquik chocolate milk and a roll with butter and peach marmalade. While …Continue Reading »
  • Leaning In: My First Take on Life in Mendoza

    Leaning In: My First Take on Life in Mendoza

    My decision to study abroad in Latin America came from a desire for a challenge, my love for Spanish, and the need for something new. I took an intermediate Spanish class at Amherst my first semester of college, and waited until the spring semester of my sophomore year to continue with the language. Recently, I began to see study abroad as one of my few chances to practice a language extensively in preparation for its use in my professional career. …Continue Reading »
  • Redefining Home: It’s Where the Heart Is

    Redefining Home: It’s Where the Heart Is

    As I sit outside on the patio on a gorgeous spring day, I am amazed at how fulfilling my three months have been. I look back on how nervous I was as I first met my host family and how slow they spoke as I first arrived. With time, I’ve learned how to make conversation, gained a connection that allows us to joke and laugh, and begun to consider what aspects of Argentinian culture have melded into my own identity …Continue Reading »
  • Leaving the Yes-Woman Behind

    Leaving the Yes-Woman Behind

    As I resettle into blogging while here in Argentina, I must admit that it feels different this time around. Though the initial “newness” of being abroad has faded, my appreciation for Mendoza’s beauty inside and out remains. As a month has passed, I am realizing that life abroad is much more complex than it seems initially. When I first arrived in my program, I eagerly awaited the day when the daily culture felt natural to me. After a time, I …Continue Reading »
  • Academics in Argentina: Learning to Question What I Thought I Knew

    Academics in Argentina: Learning to Question What I Thought I Knew

    Coming from a liberal arts college, adjusting to the academic system here in Argentina was challenging initially. In total, I have taken three program courses with IFSA-Butler, two courses at the national public university, and three courses at a private university here in Mendoza. Across the board, all my courses have been lecture based with minimal discussion directed towards questions for the professor. At first, it felt difficult to be engaged in classes when I felt as if I was …Continue Reading »
  • Breaking the Silence: We Need to Talk About Race in Argentina

    Breaking the Silence: We Need to Talk About Race in Argentina

    Arriving in Argentina, I was unsure of how my racial identity would affect my experience. I perceived my time abroad as a break from microaggressions: the brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward marginalized groups, and racism and discrimination more generally. More profoundly in my second semester here, race has surfaced in ways I did not expect. I now realize that race is …Continue Reading »

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