I always wonder why certain movie titles are translated from English to Spanish in such weird way. For example, a movie such as “Now you see me” is translated to Spanish as “Nada es lo que parece” which means nothing is as it seems. Another example is The Prestige, which is translated to Spanish as “El Gran Truco”, which means The Great Trick.
You may find some common interpretations, but there are some translations where you cannot understand why they did that. For example, Pulp Fiction is translated as Violent Times; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is translated as Forget About Me and the Parent Trap has been translated as Twin Game or You in London and Me in California.
The reasons for this is that maybe, just maybe, the exact translation of the titles in English may not be appealing for the Latin American public. I later found out that it may be true. People in differ cities and nations are different and have different customs, this may change their way of seeing certain things, but most importantly, it changes the way people tend to like or dislike certain products and, in the movie business, it is important to have catchy names for the public to want to see a specific movie.
This theory comes in handy when you try to understand how different is the student life in Lima, Peru when you compare it with your home city (or the city where you study) and our city. you First have to understand some cultural differences, otherwise, you may not understand many of our natural customs.
First of all, you need to know that Lima is the biggest city in Peru, the capital and the economic and financial center of our country. But you know that, because you have already read my previous posts. But what does this mean? This means that many private and public educational institutions choose or have chosen (in the past) Lima as the place to establish their main campuses and also several other sub-campuses.
Students in Lima have several options to choose from. There are different universities and institutes specialized in different careers, as broad as Law and business Administration, to specific ones as Chemistry, Hotel Management and Biology.
Even though there are many universities and institutes in other states of Peru, the amount of educational offer promotes migration in our nation. It is somewhat common that students from different states migrate to Lima to study; however, it is rare for students to migrate from Lima to study in other states. This situation impacts strongly in our city´s growth.
So to sum it up, Lima is a small city in size but a big one in student population and this population is always increasing.
Also, it is important to understand that we do not have college, we only have universities. People in Peru will not understand what a college is first handed. We finish school and we HAVE to know what we want to become in the future. Sure, if you make the wrong decision you can change to another career, but no one will give you back the years you already spent studying a career you never finished.
For this, some universities have an initial period called “General Studies”, for students to get a little knowledge from other topics and maybe, decide to change their career before entering the courses of a specific career. However, choosing the right career may be somewhat stressful for senior high school students.
Another thing you have to understand is that in Peru it is very common to live with your parents. This is also common in other countries of Latin America. Peruvians live with their parents until they get married, or sometimes they even move with their families to their parents’ house and the house grows and with time the sons and daughters end up taking care of their parents.
This means that while you study in Lima, it is very common that you are living with your parents. It has a lot of sense, you live in a city that is not that big and your university is a bus ride from home, so there is no need to move or to find others to live with, unless you moved to Lima to study. There is no need for roommates.
The fact that you do not move from Lima means you get to keep your neighborhood and school friends around and later, when you meet new people at university, your friend pool will increase. And it will increase again when you start working.
Student population may be big in Lima, but people tend to know each other, or know someone that knows someone. The amount of people you can get to know during your student years is amazing and this helps a lot in the future. Because of this factor, people tend to say that Lima is as small as a handkerchief.
So all these situations bring major differences with other student realities. A massive student population where the majority lives in their parents’ house can drastically change the perception of being a student in Lima.
For instance, many students may have a curfew, what does not mean that nightlife becomes boring, it only means it starts earlier. Another common thing is that you and your study group may be pulling an all-nighter for an exam and you may be surprised with some food and hot coffee or chocolate from a caring family.
Also, many students can focus on their studies without further preoccupations such as finding a place to live, paying rent, finding roommates, etc. But this comes with the great responsibility of being a good student because, as Limeño parents will say “your only responsibility is to study”.
Being a student in Lima is very different to what many students around the world may be used to, and it has is pros and cons. However, it is an awesome to experience to live and we would not change it for anything.
In another post I will tell you how it is to study in Lima and what common practices for students are. Common for us that is, because you may find them quite strange.