Encouraged by a dream she had since she was little, when she just started reading literature books, the student from Puerto Rico, Ketsia Camacho Ramos, picked Universidad Católica de Chile to join the Hispanic Literature BA program.
Why did you decide to come to Chile?
I basically knew Chile through Literature, because I always loved to read a lot, especially Latin America literature. I got interested in Chilean history and I decided that I needed to come here and see with my own eyes the reality in Chile to compare it to what I have read about it.
How’s been your experience studying at Universidad Católica?
Since I started attending my university in Puerto Rico and I found that PUC was part of an agreement, I dreamed about coming here. Honestly, the first months were the most fun ones. I arrived a month before the start of the semester and I was able to travel and visit many places. Then, I started attending classes and I feel this has been a very enriching experience and has had a positive impact in my college experience. I love that in this university the critical analysis from students is more important than just mere learning. The student’s opinion and thoughts are more valued here. It has been really an amazing experience.
Which are your favorite Chilean authors?
The ones I like the most are Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende and Enrique Linch. I started with Isabel Allende and since the beginning I felt all the excitement about coming to Chile; as I was growing I learn about other authors like María Luisa Bombay and so on.
Why do you think there are so many famous authors in Chile?
I’m never going to forget what I read in a book called “El reino de este mundo”, which covers the amazing things in Latin America that you find in every day, and basically that is what I have found in Chile. The amazing things are in our daily interactions, especially in the south where life is slower and at ease. During these months I have been able to see all the different interactions in the country, the way we interact with others, even the landscape and I can say I felt welcomed everywhere, and that makes a huge difference.