N4 Student Spotlight: Karla Monroy

We recently introduced a new running newsletter spotlight on some of our N4 wonderful students and instructors. This week, we continue with student leader Karla Monroy Flores, who attends N4 partner school The American Tampico School in Mexico.

Karla recently graduated from high school and is moving to Mexico City to study International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She was an attendee at our 2015 and 2016 global summits and has become an integral member of the N4 family, as you will quickly recognize from the interview below.

Karla runs a summit session in Belfast

Karla runs a summit session in Belfast

1. You were on the Young Changemakers panel at the 2016 summit. Tell us about the issues that you’ve addressed in your school and what the process was like.

During October 2015, my high school experienced the first big story exchange. Each year, the National Honor Society in the American School of Tampico organizes a Tolerance Week, which promotes a tolerance-related theme. My colleague, Carla Domingo, and I decided that it would be a great idea to have this year’s topic to be “Empathy” since we wanted to target the problem our high school has with bullying. The event we organized lasted for two days. We invited Lee Keylock to talk about Narrative 4 and his experience with story exchanges. All students and staff members of our high school participated in the story exchange. Before the event, we had a hard time organizing and convincing people it would be a great exercise. We faced several challenges, including receiving negative comments that the event wouldn’t be successful or that people wouldn’t like it. We started from zero with very little support but we managed to create a successful event. As a result, the American School of Tampico is going to have a Staff Development Day in August during which teachers, staff and administrators will be involved in a program developed by Narrative 4. Once again, Lee will be our guest speaker and our teacher Maru Castañeda will be running the event with him.

2. Can you share a stand-out memory from this year’s summit?

A stand-out memory from the summit was the talent show. It was a moment where everyone shared the beautiful person they are. There was an atmosphere of trust which encouraged even the most shy to participate. I was surprised by people who I didn’t know had such talent. Everyone showed the artist they have inside. The event lasted for hours but I didn’t feel it since I enjoyed every single moment.

Karla with N4 friends at the Yeats Tower in Ireland

Karla with N4 friends at the Yeats Tower in Ireland

3. What excites you about Narrative 4?

What excites me is the power of the story exchanges. I am amazed at how a simple swap of stories can bring two nations together to become the same person. Also, the beauty of being vulnerable but knowing you are safe.

4. Tell us about what issues you are passionate about?

Basically my passion is world peace or world unity. I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a volunteer program last summer. I went to Colombia for five weeks to teach English to children of poor communities. This experience I had with those beautiful children made me realize that I don’t want to live in a world where people with potential don’t have the opportunity to achieve their goals. I want to help others, dedicate my life to the well being of humanity. I haven’t defined my dream concretely; I only know my passion and it has taken me places. I am hoping that the upcoming years of study in International Relations, and my involvement in N4 lead me in the path to achieve my dream.

Karla volunteering with children in Colombia 

Karla volunteering with children in Colombia