Triana

year: Freshman from: Mexico

I’m friends now with people from all over the world—China, Japan, Madagascar, and all over the U.S.—so we’re able to talk about cultural contrasts and have interesting discussions.

What’s a good day here? A warm day! I come from a small town southwest of Mexico City, so in addition to some culture shock, there was some climate shock when I came to Putney. I miss the sun in the winter. My transition into Putney wasn’t too rough though, because I have a support system of international students. I’m friends now with people from all over the world—China, Japan, Madagascar, and all over the U.S.—so we’re able to talk about cultural contrasts and have interesting discussions. It’s a strength of the community here. With people from such different perspectives contributing to conversations, the community is able to grow to a much higher level.

Triana DrawingWhat I like about Putney is the freedom to follow my own interests, rather than having a strict curriculum forced upon me. The most surprising thing I’ve started doing is creative writing. I was pretty sure I was terrible at it, but after exercises in my Evening Arts Creative Writing my teacher gave me such positive feedback! I also wrote a descriptive essay of a natural disaster, based on the earthquake in Mexico, for an assignment in Humans in the Natural World. I was really proud of that. “I’m friends now with people from all over the world—China, Japan, Madagascar, and all over the U.S.—so we’re able to talk about cultural contrasts and have interesting discussions.”

The freedom lets me try new things too. For Project Week I made a dress for myself. I made the pattern, measured it out, made sure it would fit, and then used a sewing machine to put it together. It turned out pretty well! Do I wear it? It’s really fancy, and there’s a lot of mud around here.

But that’s one reason I chose Putney—I like to be outside. The school I came from was a small, older school that was originally horse stables. We were outside all the time, and I didn’t want to go back to being in a building when I went to high school. Here, I love walking to the horse barn in the morning. It’s peaceful here and we have really beautiful sunrises.

Triana's Year