Beyond NY Christian Grotewold

A Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 1

Happy new year, my fellow HawkTalkers, and I hope everyone had great holidays! I wish you all a very successful 2013. It has been a while since my last post; and for the next two blogs, I would like to tell you about my holiday at home, back in Guatemala. These blogs will be a nice since you will get to know me more as a person.

What exactly do Guatemalans celebrate? Well, we do celebrate all of the holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, but we had one special celebration this year, the end of the Mayan calendar. This may also be called "Baktun," and it is composed of 144,000 days. Even though most of the world was afraid that it would be "the end of the world," we can all see that we are still here. The only thing that happened was that we began the 13th Baktun.

My sister and I at the Baktun Fashion Show

It is to be expected that this celebration was accompanied by many parties themed "end of the world," but my family and I celebrated it a little differently.  We had a fashion show themed around the Baktun, so all the models looked like Mayans and were covered with body paint and carried jade jewelry. My sister and I had the pleasure of assisting the fashion designer who made the swimsuits that were modeled — by doing the modeling ourselves. This was quite the experience, since it was the first time my sister and I would model baring a lot of our bodies. We were nervous, but at the end of the day we shook the insecurities away and walked the runway. I would have to thank Wagner for making me this courageous; if you see an opportunity, take full advantage of it.

Coming home for the holidays would not be complete without a class reunion. I am so fortunate that my high school class is so close to one another that we have get-togethers every break. This time around I was really excited to see everyone, since it had been a year and a half since we graduated from high school, so everyone had a story to tell. I was so happy to see that everyone kept asking me about life in New York and Wagner College. I will even quote one thing one of my friends said to me, "You are the happiest out of all of us, you are living your dream." I was on the verge of tears. I honestly owe all my happiness to Wagner, because I met the best people I could have ever asked for and I am studying what I love and I am living in the city of my dreams.

My high school friends and I