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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

Intro yak

Hello comrades, my name is Michela Laurin, and I hail from Pittsfield, a small city in western Massachusetts. I, too, am a returning Dragons student, and I spent my first semester in Morocco. I traveled all over the country, and picked up some Darija, French, and a few words in Tamazight to get by. I learned about what it means to be an artisan from local craftsmen, and gained insight into Moroccan society’s relationship with gender roles. I enjoyed my first Dragons experience so much that I wanted to try a second semester,  so here I am!
To quote Lydia Deetz, I have always had a love for the ‘strange and unusual’ things in life. My favorite movies as a child were Hocus Pocus and Scooby Doo and The Witch’s Ghost, and because I wasn’t allowed pets, I would feed the spiders in my backyard instead. My favorite holiday is still Hallowe’en. I always went all out on my costume. Nowadays, I still dress like a perky vampire, but recently I’ve taken an interest in the manufacture of garments and textiles around the world. I have always loved historical fashion and seeing how other people dress, so I am excited to learn about Bolivian and Peruvian customs in fashion. I am a former theatre kid as well, so I am excited to see how theatre is done in this part of the world versus back at home.
I am so excited to be joining you all on this program, and can’t wait to meet you all in Miami. ¡Hasta Pronto!