Angelica Santiago Gonzalez
Angelica offers a unique blend of church experience, as she describes herself as a “church hopper”: from Roman Catholic, to Baptist, Pentecostal, and nondenominational congregations, she has experienced a little of all. In May, she graduated from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA, with a sociology degree. At LC, she served as an RA and VP of the Student Government Association. A former military child, she has experienced a glimpse of the life of a nomad. She hopes to become a child advocate and eventually work with child abuse prevention policies. She loves writing, superheroes, and watching too much Netflix. She desires to someday be her own hero.
- XPLOR House: Tucson-Marana, AZ
- Community Engagement Site: Primavera/Las Abuelitas
- Host Congregation: Saguaro Christian Church
My Time in the Sonoran Desert
Fresh air smells like sunshine. It is crisp, refreshing, and seasoned with a combination of sand and animal. Tucson has a landscape that challenges the beauty of the world’s great wonders. There are very few days in which the sun is not lighting up a clear sky. The picturesque mountains on either side of the city provide more than something “pretty” to look at, but it gives tourists an idea of the history and cultural heritage that is still very much alive and vibrant in the area. In the winter, the mountain caps are swallowed with snow and for the rest of the year, if you want to escape the licking heat of the sun, then a simple hike up the mountain will expose you to several different terrains and you will eventually find yourself remembering what autumn looks like on the east coast. Read more >>