Hi!  My name is Natalie Lusardi, and I decided to move my life from College Park, Maryland to Santiago, Chile for the Spring semester of 2017.  I’m a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Government & Politics and Spanish Language, Literature, & Culture with a minor in Secondary Education.  This semester, I am attending La Universidad Andres Bello in the middle of Santiago where I’m focusing on my Spanish studies.  While in Santiago, I’m also participating in CMF International’s exchange program called Globalscope, which is a service-oriented campus ministry with programs around the world.  I will be working with students at El Oasis, Santiago’s Globalscope ministry house.

If you want to see what I’m up to around the city (and beyond!) this semester, keep up with my blog posts!  For a little more personal information about me, keep reading below:

  • Before this trip, I had been to Britain (twice), France (once), and Argentina (twice).
  • I played soccer from kindergarten to 12th grade, and I’ve played on an intramural team every semester at College Park.
  • When I’m in College Park, I am a peer tutor in the Undergraduate Writing Center.  When I’m home, I teach taekwondo at the US Taekwondo Academy.
  • I adore my cat, Shnookums.
  • Manatees are my favorite animal.
  • Genghis Khan is my favorite historical figure from the Asian continent.
  • My church family is just about as strong of a support system for me as my genetic family.
  • BBQ pulled pork sandwiches are my favorite kind of sandwich.
  • I have a giant sweet tooth.
  • Fresh air and nature recharge my soul.