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Benito Aranda-Comer

Benito is a naturally inquisitive individual, who is looking forward to the broad range of opportunities to explore after graduating high school and taking a Global Citizen Year. He is most passionate about the youth of today, and sees a great importance in the providing youths with every tool necessary to succeed. He is an extremely good whistler and loves to whistle Coldplay songs.


The End

April 23, 2013

It’s the end of a journey here in Brasil. I will soon be spirited away to the United States and have a “I’m-not-in-Brasil-anymore” mentality. I have been thinking long and hard how best to say goodbye to not only my friends and family but to the type of life I have lived here. This video...

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An Amazonian Adventure, Pt. 2

April 23, 2013

This video is just a little supplement to get an idea of what exactly I was seeing and experiencing while I was in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Enjoy.

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An Amazonian Adventure

April 4, 2013

My trip to the Amazon is characterized by one word: unfathomable. Nothing can prepare you for what the Amazon truly is. For me the Amazon was a rainforest with majestic sunsets, stunning waterfalls, and a plethora of wildlife. You can look at it on a map with its physical boundaries and geographical identity, but walking around inside the jungle,...

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Orientation Journey

March 19, 2013

I made this video back in early October 2012 when I was still getting to know Brasil and the people that are here with me. This video showcases the Fellows’ growing friendship and the incredible beauty that is Chapada Diamantina.  

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The Right Mix

January 30, 2013

Finding the right equilibrium between realism and idealism has been my most intriguing and difficult experience here in Brazil. Every day I am faced with choices of how to prioritize my time, who to invest in relationships with, and where to think critically about that which I’ve experienced. For the most part there is a clear-cut ‘right choice’ and...

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Snippets of Life

December 11, 2012

I find that when I actively look for something amazing, interesting, or out of the ordinary to happen in my life I come up short. My actions remind me of the saying, “a watched kettle does not boil.” There are so many beautiful and wondrous things to glimpse, learn, and understand here in Brazil it’s sometimes hard to get...

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“I Don’t Like the United States”

October 9, 2012

My stay in Capão has been nothing short of enlightening. Capão is a small town about 8 hours from my future home of seven months, Salvador. It is also within the Chapada Diamantina region that serves as an enormous source of pride for Bahia. In short, inhabitants of Capão can be said to love their rural...

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Every Step Counts

September 13, 2012

The last couple of weeks have been nothing short of thrilling, thought provoking, anxiety producing, and most of all: life changing. Stanford University is the perfect setting to foster global change with a group of extraordinary individuals. From conversations on women’s empowerment and foreign aid to reflective yoga and late night singing and dancing there...

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A Necessary Deviation

July 17, 2012

Before this year, I never thought it would be possible to deviate from the societal norm: to do a bridge year before college. Today, while all my friends are talking about dorm assignments and what they think they’ll major in, I am doing my best to learn Portuguese and prepare for nine months that will...

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