Gianluca Minardi


hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

role: Editor for Latin America

A bit about me and where I’m from:

I am a Junior in the Lawrenceville school and was born and raised in the heart of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sao Paulo is a huge city with 20 million habitants (NYC has 16 million). Sao Paulo has a unique mixture of culture and urbanization since the poor and the rich live side by side there. One of my favorite things to do is simply walk around the city and explore all the contrast it has to offer.  Being raised in such a diverse and immense city has shaped me in innumerable ways. I appreciate the moments of my life I’m not stuck in traffic. I’ve always been interested in learning about all the different stories people have to tell. What amazes me the most is that even stories that we might not initially care for always have something valuable to teach us.

Brazil is the only country in Latin America that does not speak Spanish (we speak Portuguese (not “Brazilian”)). I am proud to be part of such a wonderful extended Latino community. We Latinos are always a welcoming and warm people that find humor even in the worst of situations. From the Patagonia to the beaches in Central America, Latin America has some of the most beautiful geographical sites in the world.

Lots of people have no idea how interesting and culturally rich Latin America is. In The Contour, I hope to reveal a little something about this corner of the world to my fellow Lawrentians.