Amanda R. Matos
YOU KEEP MY HEART PUMPING was the first title I thought of when I created my tumblr last spring. The "You" does not refer to any one person. It refers to everything in life that makes me who I am. This varies from specific people to sunshine to laughter to raindrops. There are a multitude of things that make my core undulate waves of excitement and passion. This is what life does to me. It makes my fervor explode into tiny sparkles of perseverance and love. I really love life so much. People have told me that they enjoy my optimistic nature. I never know how to reply back, but what I do know is that I'm not the way I am only because of me. I am me because of everything that is in my life. Everything keeps my heart pumping.
As for some basic details of who I am...
My name is Amanda. NYC is my home. I'm a junior at Columbia University, currently studying Human Rights and Comparative Ethnic Studies. I always get mixed reviews when asked about my major. Surprisingly, not everyone is aware how crucial a human rights discipline is and how much can be done with it. If I wanted, I could have chosen something more traditional to study so that I can become a doctor or a lawyer. However, I never really wanted a traditional career path. My heart is too big for me to keep to myself and my head has too many ideas to keep quiet. I want to help people... in any capacity that I can. I want to address problems that people are too scared to speak up about. I'm here for a reason, and while I might not know my entire purpose in life, I do know that I want to give myself to the world. I don't want to be greedy with the opportunities I receive. I joke around that I should be President or that I'm going to win the Nobel Peace Prize someday. However, neither is what I want. Those are just fun things to say. If I can simply help one person, and then that person helps another, and another, I think my Human Rights and Comparative Ethnic Studies degree will prove that revolutionary disciplines can both be accredited and impact the community. My job will be complete. My heart will always keep pumping.