Hello and thank you for visiting my site! My name is Michael Sun. I am a member of the Dartmouth College class of 2019. Though I spend most of my year at school in Hanover, New Hampshire, I am originally from Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I intend to major in Creative Writing Poetry while pursuing a path to medical school. On campus, I am involved with the Dartmouth Club Swimming Team, my fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, DREAM (a youth-mentoring program), biology research, and the Dartmouth Alumni & Students for Honduras. In the little free time that I have left, I love to read and write poetry. While my Spanish isn’t quite good enough to read original works by authors such as Gioconda Belli of Nicaragua, Pablo Neruda of Chile, or Octavio Paz of Mexico, I really enjoy reading translations of poetry in Spanish and other languages.
As I mentioned in the front page, I am still understanding my role as “el chino de japón”. This class, Latin American & Caribbean Studies 20, has been an incredible learning experience of international policy, ethics, and intentions. My classmates and I have learned about the messy history of international interference in Nicaragua and other “developing” nations, but we have also learned to appreciate the true good of non-profit organizations and sound efforts to help. While I may not be pursuing international politics or non-profit work, I have already been shaped by this experience in my perception of the world, and I hope to be able to share my experiences with others. After this journey with the Dartmouth Cross Cultural Exchange Program, I am traveling back to El Rosario, Honduras, but this time with more knowledge and a better capacity to help the people there.