Amanda Fuenzalida talks about the fantasy literature she read growing up and how it shaped her own imagination. She delves into her own worldbuilding and “ultimate self”—a combination between a witch and a fairy—that emphasize interpersonal connections, community collaborations, “true selves,” and “true love.” Fuenzalida discusses the ways in which imagination allows her to break boundaries and escape and influences the ways that she approaches small joys in life. She describes the ways that she enjoys loving and being loved. Lastly, she leaves final words on the finding and recognizing strength in oneself and sharing that strength with others to build even stronger bonds.
(Interview conducted on April 21st, 2021)
imagination, fantasy, literature, connections, collaboration, witches, fairies, love, soulmates, expectations, self-care, strength
- 00:00 Intro
- 00:24 Fantasy literature and its influence
- 04:01 Fantastical worldbuilding and the “ultimate self”
- 14:35 Imagination and fantasy as a way of breaking boundaries
- 18:46 Collective and individual imaginations
- 20:13 Imagining soulmates
- 21:52 Loving and being loved
- 28:15 Continuing to imagine
- 34:14 Finding strength in oneself and in connection with others
Amanda Fuenzalida (she/her/hers) is from Santiago, Chile, but has lived in Naples, FL for most of her life. She is a Genomics major and of the class of ’24 at Davidson College. She is fascinated by the study of genetics and hopes to connect that into her future career. She is a Bonner Scholar and loves working with bilingual communities through all forms of service. She loves drawing and painting on her time off and finds joy in bullet journaling. She enjoys engaging in several multi-cultural groups on campus such as Pan-Asian Student Association and Organization of Latinx American Students.