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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.


Hola, my name is Clemente Rúa Figueroa.  My grandparents migrated from a rural environment similar to that in which we are about to immerse ourselves. My hope is that I can come away from this with a greater understanding of their experiences.

I have 2 younger brothers, Ismael and Joaquín, and a super cute dog whose 9 months old and named Taino.  My brothers and I compete in different sports, but as a family, we like to hike, bike, swim and are game for almost anything.  My family is very active and into sports. One of our traditions (even with extended family) is to participate in the Turkey Trot which is a 5K run on Thanksgiving Day.  Last year we all wore turkey hats throughout the run. I see my grandparent almost weekly. My abuelo and I have been in a heated chess competition for the past 2 years where I’ve only beaten him once.

I lowkey might be addicted to chocolate but I have 3 months to break that habit now. For music, I listen to pretty much every genre. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Galantis and Odesza and other EDM. I play the piano on and off and recently composed a piece with my best friend. I also like going to festivals and concerts. The only show I’m really watching right now is Game of Thrones, and I just started reading the books.

I consider myself to be easy going.  I enjoy being around people and getting to hear their stories.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of you.