Introducing Myself: A Boricua in Omaha, Nebraska

¡Bienvenidos a mi blog! Yes, it’s me again… Last summer, I was a Mosaics intern at Biscayne National Park, Florida, and worked as a Fisheries Resource Assistant; “A Boricua In Florida”. This time I’m an LHIP intern working as a Park Planning Fellow at the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Nebraska. At this moment, I consider myself a hybrid or just the Environment for the Americas and National Park Service intern.

But... Who Am I?

My name is Andrés L. Pérez Cintrón and I am from Humacao, Puerto Rico. I am a first-generation Master’s student in the Graduate School of Planning from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, with a social and environmental emphasis. I earned my B.S. in Wildlife Management with a minor in Education from the University of Puerto, Humacao Campus.

This what I like! This is who I am! This is my culture!

Why a Boricua? We call ourselves Boricuas when we are born and raised in Puerto Rico; it’s a way to express our pride in being from the island. In the video, I show you just a preview of the Puertorrican Bomba, an Afro-Caribbean rhythm that characterizes us and is part of our culture and heritage. I am a member of a Puertorrican Bomba group, where I dance, sing, and play the drums (I’m the one dancing in the video). I also love spending time with my family and friends; they are the best. And of course, I like to appreciate all the wonders that nature gives us; the mountains, the rivers, the beaches, the sky, and just everything.

Why I'm telling you while introducing myself? Because that is who I am, proud of where I come from and proud of rePResenting that everywhere I go.

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