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New 2018 Middle School Student Council

We are pleased to inform you about the new group of students who will represent and lead Middle School students this year:

  • President:           Gaspar Venegas
  • Vice President:   Domingo Jana
  • Secretary:           Amanda Helm
  • Treasurer:           Natalia Senerman

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So Pretty and So Lonely: Written by June García, former SC student, in her fight against patriarchy

June Garcia was famous in her class for her restless spirit, which repeatedly led her to have more than one discussion when defending her ideals; for her permanent battle against patriarchy, and for leading the feminist fight in her class.  June García Ardiles, class 2014, has just finished the first step in this crusade: Together with her friend Josefa Araos, she recently launched her first book: Tan linda y tan solita (So pretty and so lonely), which deals with the matter of feminism from a daily perspective through the main character Julieta, who represents many women facing the machismo of the Chilean society day after day.

June García is in third year of Law at Universidad de Chile, but - as she says- one of her great passions is writing, so she would like to devote an important part of her time to literature. Today, she speaks about her first experience as writer and how important it is – in her opinion - that future generations are concerned with contributing their time and knowledge in furtherance of substantial transformations in society.

What led you to write this book?

With my friend Josefa, the co-author of the book, we worked in the matter of feminism in different places and shared a common diagnosis about the general people’s state of knowledge about feminism. We saw that people did not really understand what we were referring to, our fights, what we wanted to reach and how the feminist fight is for us something most important currently in Chile. We wanted to write a book transmitting key basic concepts, answering frequent questions, debating common senses, and through the life of Julieta who is the main character of the book, disclosing the injustice we women suffer. In short, the drive that led me to write this book was the desire I have for this world to change for better and become a place where women can live with dignity, freedom and happiness.

What type of experiences are those that have marked you most and have led you to feel in disadvantage against the male gender only for being a woman?

In truth there are many experiences and I don’t like my role as a victim, but I do believe that it is important that women realize that we are victims of a tremendously oppressive system, such as patriarchy, in order to advance towards changes. I think that the experiences that have marked me most have occurred in my university years, first by studying law which is a career that is still very manly, where the academy is full of men and one can rarely have women as a reference; it is very frequent that teachers consider you with less capacities. And also, the world of politics, where I have a permanent work, it is quite a macho space, it is easier that they hear you if you speak aloud and hard; they underestimate you because of your “emotionality” and thousands of other practices against which you have to fight day after day.

How was the experience of having written this book?

Wonderful! I have always loved writing. When I was in 10th grade, my personal project was a novel. In 12th grade I won the contest “SC in 100 words”; this filled me with proud and encouraged me. Writing about feminism was very challenging, but was never tortuous or so; the only problem was that many times I lost the objective and wrote very complicated things that people who are not related to the matter could have never understood. Writing this book meant reconnecting with the 15-year-old June who was beginning to enter into the feminist world.

Do you plan to continue to devote yourself to this? Would you like to write about other topics in the future?

I would like to continue to devote myself to this (being a writer seems to me much more exciting than being a lawyer) and I have many ideas in my mind about which I would like to write; life gives me lots of material.

Did the fact of being a former student of Santiago College mean some advantage or benefit for you during the process of preparation of the book?

Of course!  My first literary jobs were prepared at school. Additionally I acquired my entire artistic experience there. Santiago College gave me not only admiration for science and history, but I also learned to value art. I have such an integral education that it has served me immensely since I graduated; from research techniques, knowing several authors, to critically reflecting about world events.

What do you highlight more of SC in terms of academic and value-based education?

I highlight very much that it is a secular educational establishment that does not impose beliefs, but respects all different religions. For me, the importance the school gives to art is also worth mentioning; I was in drama since 6th grade and it was something that really marked me. But above all, what is most worthy of noting about SC are its teachers, exemplary people who love their work and not only teach, but also form people.

As a former student of Santiago College, which advice would you give to the generations that will graduate from school?

Don’t remain in your privileges. It’s very easy to be in a good school, go to university, finish your career, have a very pleasant work, travel and live comfortably. The difficult part is to realize that life is not so nice for everyone and that going to build huts or donating money to some foundation may be a great contribution, but it’s not enough, because what you need to do is much greater; it is a huge transformation of the system where we live. The difficult part is to know that if you simply stay put in your reality, this system full of injustice will be perpetuated, and by exiting this place, perhaps things will not change so much but at least you will be doing something real, that in some near future will contribute to the construction of a world worth for everyone.