Deep cultural exploration By Paola calero

I'm Paola Calero, I'm 22 years old and I'm from Chile. I'm currently an exchange student at Kansas state university.
This is my family. On the left my sister and I. On the right my mom and dad.

I come from a Peruvian/Chilean family, so we identify as an Hispanic family. All of my family members have lived in these two countries for at least the past 20 years.

I used to live in a urban community when I was a kid, then moved to a small town, and now I live in Santiago de Chile, the capital of my country. I prefer to live in the city because I like to see people and how the city feels alive.

My sister and I are the first ones to attend college from my family ( mom and dad) but other members of my family have attended college. My aunts, my uncles and cousins.

My family is a middle class family. Both of my parents work and they earned well enough to have a good quality of life.

I heard stories related legends and myths from the place where I live. For example, there is one called the “tue-tue”. My uncle used to tell it to me when I was a kid to scared me and preventing me to stay outside playing with my friends when it was dark.

We like to go out to have lunch every weekend. For holidays, we used to go to the fireman trips with my dad because he is a fireman.

Shallow Culture

I used to hear the saying “más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo” because my mom wanted me to do what she used to advice to me. Elder people are supposed to be wiser so we should follow their advices.

One story that was always used by my family was “Pedrito y el lobo” because they didn't want us to lie. The story is about a boy who lies all the time and then when he finally said the truthno one believed him.

My parents told me that respect was greeting people and used the correct vocabulary to address them. To hear what other people have to say and then give my opinion. Also, that kids couldn't participate in grown ups conversations.

My parents always told me that I had to be careful with my reactions that sometimes people won't understand me the way they did. But that I had the right to express whatever I was feeling but never make feel others guilty about it.

We needed to respect elders even if we didn't know them. We need to treat them with respect, but if they were irrespectful to me I could say something about. And the respect for my teachers was something I had to have, but if they were irrespectful I could tell them and they will work it out.

I used to call every single member of my father’s family by their first name. But with my mother family I had to be very respectful.

Kids could never participate in adults conversations unless we were told to do so. My dad will always say something if I tried to be and participate where the adults were having a conversation.

Communication, "doing school", self-motivation,and effort.

A student should be respectful, dedicated, assertiveand cooperative.

Mu culture tells me about intelligence that we cannot learn unless we are comfortable and feel in a positive environment.

The main idea that influences my teaching is the idea of making my students feel part of something and that they are an important part of my class. I want my students to feel that their learning matters and that I will make sure that nothing interrupts the process.

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