Monthly Archives: August 2015

Detours @ El Slavador

Sometimes things go unplanned. Or actually most often times then not they do. When getting to Toronto from Boston my flight was detoured and then getting to Managua, Nicaragua our flight was cancelled. But I think these detours are great! Even though it will take longer to get to our final destination, if its anything I learned from the past week and a half is that detours should be looked as opportunities. And it’s true. Whether you’re trying to get to where you’re going, sometimes it’s good to take the road less traveled by. I’ve got to interact with so many different people and immerse myself in cultures I’ve never immersed myself in. While riding through the streets of El Salvador, I was amazed at the unique beauty this country has to offer though so different from Canada or the US. This detour has allowed me to learn a lot more and experience a lot more.

So if things don’t go asplanned, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!

P.S. I will boarding for the flight to Managua soon so no WiFi for two weeks:)

Can’t wait to update you all when I come back

Xoxo,

Cecilia

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Because I am a girl ( Blog Featurette)

In Gr. 9 I was first exposed to non profits through the Because I am a Girl initiative by Plan Canada. We were able to learn a lot more about the inequality facing women around the world and the news really did break my heart. As time went on, the club disbanded from my school but I still heard a lot about the amazing work Plan does around the world! With the mosquito nets as well as the Top 20 Under 20 Award that they presented too!

Recently I was asked a few questions about equality and what I had to say, you can read my response here:

Because I am a girl blog

My Summer Updates : Boston->Cambridge->Uxbridge, Toronto

For the past ten days I have been in Cambridge Massachusetts as well as visiting medical and research facilities in the Boston area. All I can say is that Boston is amazingly beautiful and just breath taking! I love it ❤ I was at the Harvard Medical Campus for a Medicine/Health program with NSLC (National Student Leadership Conference) so I was constantly immersed in activities that were specifically focused on surgical procedures and clinical rounds. It was very helpful to practice bedside manner, patient interviews, and learn more about the different possible occupations within the health care field.  The other main focus was on leadership, which I definitely took from the conference as well. I learned more about proper public speaking and different activities I can use for my own leadership initiatives, so it will be very exciting to put them into use!

Visiting Harvard Med. School as well as Harvard College was also a dream itself. I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to visit some of the best universities and hospitals in the world. It was phenomenal and definitely kept me inspired to keep working hard!

Hopefully I will be back in Boston or even Cambridge for university next fall, but we’ll definitely see how admissions go this winter!

Now, I am currently residing in Uxbridge with a friend of mine that I met at the Top 20 Under 20 Award ceremony, Lauren! I will be here for tonight and tomorrow morning, then I will be off to Nicaragua to build some schools! I cannot wait, I still haven’t processed the fact that I will be visiting the place I have fundraised a lot for the past few years!! And the fact that I paid for the trip for myself will definitely make it even more worthwhile! So I will be uploading blog posts and a new page specifically for my trip to Nicaragua after I come back as I will be off the grid for the next two weeks.

Thank you guys for all the support! I have definitely picked up a lot from you readers and you continually inspire me to keep doing what I love every single day. I hope I can one day inspire you because everyone of us has the capacity to make a difference!