This Week on Meet the Cast Monday, Get to Know Sophi!
She is a second semester Up with People cast member with a passion for her home country, Mexico!
What excites you about being back in your country?
“I think traveling in my home country with the cast of Up with People is an incredible opportunity because I get to see it through a new set of eyes. When I’m outside of Mexico, I get to share the positive things about my country with everyone I meet. Now that I’m here, I have the opportunity to take all of the positive things that I say and turn them into action to really make a positive impact in my home.
The idea of seeing my cast mates in Mexico excites me because I can see how much they enjoy being here. They’re able to understand the challenges that Mexico faces and at the same time, they are able to see how it is a beautiful country filled with warm people and stories to share.“
How have you seen yourself grow over your year of traveling so far?
“I joined Up with People because I wanted to help others understand the world through different perspectives. I have also learned that in order to help others, I have to understand myself first. Up with People has been a great place to start discovering my own ideas and perspectives on life in different situations around the world.
Being a part of the program has helped to understand that people are just people. Sometimes we are scared of reaching out to “people in charge” because we think they aren’t approachable. In Up with People, you understand that no matter what the title of the person is, they are just like you.”
What is something you’re looking forward to in the rest of the tour?
“I want to finish the project that I started when I came to Up with People called A Blink of Life. It’s my blog that I use to share perspectives other people have about Mexico. The main objective is to get rid of stereotypes by sharing other people’s stories and experiences from the culture. I want to represent my country in a positive way and share with my host families and cast mates about how the little things in life are what matter most.
I am grateful to be a part of this organization and I look forward to sharing the positive message that we have in our show and impact communities the same way the show impacted me when I was a little kid. I want to share the hope that I was able to see. The Up with People show changed my life and I want others to have the same feeling when they come and see us.”
What is an issue that you feel
“An issue I’m passionate about is education. I believe that education is the key to opening many doors in life. Not only education in schools, but also education in society. I love to share stories with people I meet because I believe that inspiring others to act is the best way to make a difference in the world. We live in a world where values are changing and material things are becoming more important than who people really are. I want to educate others in my surroundings about what I’m passionate about in order to take action and be able to make a positive impact.”
How do you want to utilize your experience from Up with People after you leave the program?
“I see Up with People as a step towards beginning my own journey. I am having this amazing opportunity to open my eyes to the world. I want to take everything that I have learned from the program and bring it back to Mexico. I have always believed that knowledge is nothing if you don’t share it with others. After Up with People, I want to go on to university and use the tools that I have learned so far and continue to share them with people around me.”
“Veo un día un día de armonía
que viene entre la gente
y grandes y pequeños
con todos sus sueños
atravesando un puente.”
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