Patrick Houston

Swarthmore College
Santiago Summer - Internship

Hey folks! I'm a Philadelphia, PA native and just graduated from Swarthmore College where I studied political science and environmental policy. I love learning new things, especially by engaging with people and place around me! I'm passionate about environmental sustainability, love the outdoors and fitness, and I enjoy conversations ranging anywhere from discussion about moral philosophy to humorous references to The Office.

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August 25, 2017

            The trip is over and the memories are fading away too quickly. When I recall my time in Chile, it sometimes feels as though the trip lasted only about a week or two. Other times it feels as distant as a vivid dream.

August 18, 2017

            Three weeks before my departure from Santiago and I managed to find a direct flight from Santiago to New York, JFK airport, for only $630!

August 2, 2017

Having grown up in an urban area, Philadelphia, PA that is, I would not define Santiago as an especially outstanding city by any measure. The city layout, day-to-day activity, and the daily routines of its residents, are hardly distinct from those of many American cities and citizens.

June 30, 2017

The doors swung close, pinching my backpack between them, and I hoped that the bus driver had noticed. He did, he reopened the doors, and I forced one more step forward into the mass of people standing in front of me.

June 7, 2017

My first 4 days here in Santiago were quite a whir! My flight from the states left just 22 hours after my graduation from College ended.

May 19, 2017

This is the first of several blogs I will be sharing with you over the course of my summer study abroad experience. In this first post I share a little background so you have some context of where I’m coming from and why I am so thrilled for this experience. Expect more detailed experience descriptions in the future!