First Advisor

Kloos, Kari


Reynolds, Tom


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

71 pages


Just over a year ago, I traveled to El Salvador and as a result of this experience, I write the following pages as a transformed person. My thinking, my longings, and my overall worldview shifted. El Salvador, the tiny Central American country, offered me a place to "learn to love, [and] to be heartbroken" in the words of Dean Brackley. Notoriously, El Salvador and more specifically La Casa de la Solidaridad study"abroad program prove revelatory in unexpected ways. One alum of the program even stated, "The Casa is a hot house for change!" I often ask the question to myself, "Why El Salvador?" or "Why did I have to travel to find myself?" O'Connor similarly left her life in rural Georgia to find herself. She hoped to gain a broader perspective as a writer in her studies at the University of Iowa by moving beyond the familiarity of the Southern landscape where she grew up.

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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