Student Views

Student Views is ReVista's new blog about Harvard student travel and research in Latin America!


Student Views help showcase the cultural and academic experiences of students who have spent time in Latin America or have engaged with Latin American communities in the U.S. Entries can take a variety of forms, from narrative stories of personal adventure to academic descriptions of research findings, and everything in between! 


Student views published in the last five weeks can be found on this page. For older student views, visit our Student View Archive.


Dear Students,



Greetings from Somerville! Most all of you have returned home now and I hope you and  your families are healthy and well (and not too bored)!

We hope you will help ReVista keep the Student Views section going in this time of crisis to help share our experiences, academic and otherwise. We plan to publish one view a week, but we can only do that with your help.

We are looking for three types of articles:

  1. If you returned to a Latin American country or a Latinx neighborhood in the United States, tell us how your community or country is handling the coronacrisis. Are restaurants and bars closed? What do the streets look like? Has a national emergency been declared? If people depended on libraries and schools for Internet access, what are they doing to get connected? Have you seen an extraordinary act of kindness or an unusual way of coping with the situation? Photos are welcome, if they are possible.
  2. Tell us about your academic research, your work on your thesis or a special project in language that people who are not in your field will understand. Anecdotes are encouraged. How did you get interested in the topic? What do you want to learn going forward? Photos welcome
  3. Usually, we encourage travel and study abroad articles. Under the present circumstances, it’s not possible to write about current adventures. But many of you were too busy to write about January semester. Help us travel virtually by giving us a glimpse into your recent experiences.



If you are interesting in submitting an entry, email!


lucas_portfolioLucas Mertehikian was born in Buenos Aires and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and a Graduate Student Associate at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Read his student view here.






kulu-profileAitzhan M. Kulumzhanova, a PhD candidate of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian national university, Kazakhstan. Her study is "left turn" in Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia, its political dynamics in post-transition. Email: Read her student view here.





dlt-profilePedro De la Torre Márquez is a chemist and biophysicist born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital in Boston. He works under the tutelage of Dr. Artur Indzhykulian and Dr. David P. Corey, with whom they focus on combining biophysics and biochemistry to search for a potential treatment to treat hereditary deafness and blindness. From Harvard University, he fights to support the scientific development of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia to reduce the knowledge gap between its rural and urban areas. Read his student view here.


B-S ProfileMelissa Castillo-Bustamante is an Otolaryngologist from Medellin, Colombia. Currently, she is a Research Fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary- Harvard Medical School. In this article, Melissa wants to thank to her mentor, Aaron Remenschneider and the Remenschneider Lab Team. E-mail: Read her student view here.