In between my dance performance, my internship with the Laundromat Project, and all the summer excitement, I was able to sneak away for a bit to journey to the Caribbean. A close friend of mines spent this past semester studying at University of Puerto Rico. Towards the end of the semester she got a internship and spent a few more months on the island.
If you haven’t ever been, let me just tell you, Puerto Rico is beautiful. The nature is majestic, the people are unbelievably kind and open, and the culture is vibrant. While I was there I went night kayaking to the Bioluminescent Bay, met a local who showed me this secret beach cave, danced salsa until 3 am, played Dominos until 1, ate lots of fresh picked fruit and monfongo *popular food in the Caribbean*, and felt to calm and rejuvenated upon my return home.
Apart of this calmness was being by the water, though another part was because I had gotten used to operating on island time. In Puerto Rico the transpiration is slow, and I mean really slow. There’s no real set schedule for buses, and some would only come once hourly, if you were lucky.
The slow pace took time getting used to, but once I released my need for everything to happen immediately, I began enjoying the pace. I was present and aware in a way that’s hard for me to find while in the city. Since my trip I’ve been reflecting on how to bring this same awareness to my daily life.
Joanna & I
What about you? What have you experience this summer that you want to bring into your fall?
In my last post I mentioned that I have a summer internship as an artist assistance, but I want to talk more about the organization that I’m working with. The name is the Laundromat project and it’s mission is exactly what it sounds likes, doing cool stuff in laundromats. The entire premise of this non-profit is to make art more accessible for those whom it may not be for, such as those who live in low income and working class neighborhoods. This is done by bringing act and interactive exhibits to laundromats & other community spaces.
I am super excited to be working with this organization because it’s work I fully believe in. Accessibility to art (film, dance, writing and poetry for me) has made such a huge impact in my understanding of the world and my existence within it. Creating art has healed me in ways that would impossible otherwise, and has connected me with people and communities that have changed my life.
But it started because I was exposed to it. Whereas, for many people living in lower income and working class neighborhoods, art is this esoteric or even nonexistence force that exists for other people besides themselves, or exclusively the wealthy. So I look forward to bringing to connecting and building through art. I am also looking forward to working such talented artists, who do this important work.
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I’m writing to you from my home in the Dominican Republic (yep, that’s right.. I live where you vacation haha). As the semester ends and we actually get used to the fact of not having to go to school everyday or worrying about homework, we are suddenly faced with three long months before us. Some of you may already have internships lined up already, jobs or, maybe even summer classes at FIT. For a lucky few just like me summer is meant to relax (especially if it is the last summer of your undergraduate life, technically the last summer in my life). With this in mind I have decided to do, live, and experience as much as I possibly can during this time. Moreover, I shall do all the things I love, because in the end that is what makes people truly happy.
As I thought about what I wanted to do this summer (sponsored by my mom of course, for the last time ever) countless things came to mind. For me, the best way to remember everything is in lists, so I went ahead and wrote a to-do list in order to conquer the next few months in the best way possible. Some of the items on my list are:
Get a fall internship in Corporate Social Responsibility
Create my own website and business card (vistaprint and moo are great for this)
Eat healthy once and for all (Italy is OVER)
Read all the amazing books I have pending
Scrapbook the past few years
Finish decorating my room
NETWORK anywhere and everywhere I can
Make really interesting posts, with things about FIT you never really knew
Of course there is so much more, but that is where the immediate list stands. I also want to take salsa dancing classes with my boyfriend and go to the beach every weekend. How about you? What are your plans for this summer? I bet only one day ago, the first thing on your list was change your FIT password before it expires LOL (I think that was annoying pretty much everyone).