Meet the other half of the I Like Psychology group.
Name: Cyntia Barzelatto
Country of origin: Chile
Arrived in Cambridge:
Which part of Chile are you from and what are the most beautiful/interesting sights there?
I was born and raised in Santiago, the capital of Chile. One of the most beautiful sites in Santiago is Cerro San Cristobal, a 230 foot hill that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Another of my favorite places is Barrio Bellavista, a neighborhood that is full of history, nightlife, good food and a great atmosphere. Here you can also find Chilean poet and Nobel price winner, Pablo Neruda´s, artistic and beautiful house. There are also many beautiful landmarks outside of Santiago, especially in the central valley. If you are a wine lover, you will find incredible vineyards that offer the finest national wines. More to the North in the coast, an incredible place to visit is Valparaiso, where you can wander around and explore the different hills, embracing the harbor´s art, culture and food.
What inspired you to pursue your career in Psychology?
I was inspired to pursue my career in Psychology at my early teen years. Studying in an international school in Chile, from K to 12th grade, granted me the unique opportunity to learn about different cultures and share diverse perspectives and worldviews. This experience developed my interest in multicultural issues and I became especially attracted to the manner in which social interactions took place. As time passed, my interest on these ideas grew and I decided to study psychology to broaden my knowledge and gain a better understanding of the motivations underlying human relationships.
What inspired you to join HSSPA and what do you like most about it?
I was motivated to join HSSPA primarily because I wanted to meet new friends and interact with people that were living a similar experience than mine. In September I attended my first social get together, and there I met two of my most beloved friends! What I really love about HSSPA is that it is a very friendly and welcoming group that seeks to maintain all of its members connected through activities and groups that provide a space of interaction, learning and fun.
What inspired you to lead the HSSPA I like Psychology?
I love my profession and I have always enjoyed discussing and sharing my knowledge with others. I was inspired to lead this group because I found in HSSPA a space and opportunity to put in practice three things that I love: teaching, interacting with different people, and discussing psychological issues.
What’s the main piece of advice you would give to someone who is new to the US?
Living abroad is a unique and incredible experience. If you are arriving to a new country, immersing in a different culture, and learning a new language, don´t feel too overwhelmed and enjoy the experience as much as you can! Take advantage of all the opportunities and activities the city has to offer, don´t be afraid of meeting new people and be open to make new friends. The best thing you can do is joining HSSPA and other related groups!
If you would like to tell HSSPA members a little more about yourself, please contact the HSSPA Communications team at katie.bornn[at]hsspa.harvard.edu!