Fellow:Lucia Fernandez (2023)
Hi! Im Lucia and I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in august 7th of 1998. I grew up in a very calm place called "Lomas de Solymar", where I started developing my love for nature and peaceful places.
As a child I practiced many sports such as figure skating, swimming and artistic gymnastics. At the age of five I went to my first ballet class, where I discovered my passion for dancing. Also as a child and teen I learned English, and a bit of French and Portuguese.
When I was 15 years old I realized that I was really interested in chemistry, so I went to a specific highschool to learn about that.
By 18 I started my major in Chemical Engineering, but 3 years later I got stuck, frustrated, and a bit disappointed about the degree, that messed with my mental health so I decided to take a break to change some things in my life in order to be happy and healthy. I had some time in therapy, with my psychologist I discovered that I was really interested in social problems, especially those related with children. After that I participated in a volunteering program to help teenagers pass their pending exams, it was a revealing experience that impulsed me to keep looking for social projects and confirmed my interest in being part of young people’s education. Also in that time I got my first job.
After a lot of introspective work, 2022 was a really good year for me. I started a new major, having really good academic results in my first year, and also I got a new job where I feel so happy and comfortable with my workmates.