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Sofia Poveda ‘18: Un Nuevo Comienzo

2,353 miles.

The distance Sofia Poveda ‘18 traveled from Cali, Colombia to Memphis, Tennessee to start a new life in a new country.

Un nuevo comienzo. A new beginning.

“What brought me to Lausanne is that it is an international school,” Poveda said. “I wanted to feel comfortable being at a school that would accept my culture since I moved to America only one year before.”

Some may remember Sofia during her freshman year as the shy girl who felt uncomfortable speaking English-her second language. Four years later, things have changed enormously for this 18-year-old. Sofia has excelled as a Lausanne student by holding leadership positions in clubs, being a member of the Lausanne competitive cheerleading team and becoming a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.

“Being a full-IB student, while being president of French club and being a competitive cheerleader, I am most proud that I made it through these four years being able to manage all of my commitments and succeeding in all the different fields I partake in,” Poveda said.

Sofia is currently deciding between attending Rhodes College or George Washington University next year on the Pre-Medicine track, then eventually attend medical school. Sofia dreams of becoming an OBGYN doctor, which stems from her passion for caring for others around her. Sofia’s peers said she is the girl that is always there to care for her friends and this trait she holds will make her an excellent doctor.

The senior reflects, “I hope to leave Lausanne with an inside perspective of the Colombian culture I carry everywhere. Whether it's talking about my family traditions, teaching Colombian dances, or just helping my peers with their Spanish,” the senior Columbian student said. 

Sofia embodies the Lausanne way by embracing her global mindedness. Even though she has moved far away from her home in South America, nothing could stop her from sharing the Colombian culture she loves so much.

Sofia: your Lausanne community cannot wait to see where your next new beginning takes you.