As I walked down the stone-ladden stairs from the road to campus, groups of students crowded a single doorway. peligroso tape blocked off its entryway and through it lay a complicated contraption of strings similar to a laser beam security trap. Above the doorway, a sign begged the question students to choose between the hard way or the easy way in life. I, for the moment, was choosing the objective way.
Upon completion of the “hard way,” students received sandwiches and juice from their peers.
“Excuse me, why is this going on? Is this a promotion for something?”
A Chilean student poured some more jugo into plastic cups. She smiled.
“No, we’re just doing it because we can.”
Just because they can.
As the day progressed, an inflatable rock climbing wall was set up in the middle of campus. Mats, blankets and pillows were spread in a large alcove for students to sleep. Triangular, colorful paper flags flew across the main building of campus: in between the labyrinth of walkways and staircases that is UAI.
A band of drummers came onto campus. A crowd surrounded the group and then dispersed as the music ended.
Giant banners hung from the ceiling in one of the buildings told students to follow sus sueños. 100 percent organized by the students and performed simply because they could. Viva Chile.
peligroso – dangerous (peligroso tape is the equivalent of caution tape)
jugo – juice
sus sueños – (their) dreams