What made you choose International Studies?
When I was in high school, I did a short internship at the Mexican embassy in Paraguay and I became interested in the world and how people across countries interact. From then on, I knew that I wanted to study how people, ideas, goods and services, and many other things moved across boundaries. As an international studies major, I have been able to explore several fields, such as economics, history, and political science, and this has allowed me to have a broader understanding of the world.
As a senior, what part of your Bryn Mawr experience do you think has been most important to your professional development?
At Bryn Mawr, I have been able to grow academically, professionally, and personally. From my job as a head tutor for five languages, to my role as a senior representative for international studies and history, I have been able to strengthen my communication and leadership skills to engage with the community we have in the best possible way. At the same time, my internships at Amnesty International in Paraguay, and Fundación Tierra de Esperanza in Chile, which were both funded by Bryn Mawr, allowed me to apply what I learned in classes to real-life situations.
Now that you are about to graduate, what advice do you have for Bryn Mawr students?
My advice to current students would be to explore all of the options you have at Bryn Mawr College. I encourage you to take the classes you are interested in, but that are not necessarily part of your major or the major you are thinking of declaring. I did that, and I ended up finding a passion for Russian and history that even surprised my family and friends. Moreover, I would encourage you to take part in campus life and the extracurricular activities we have because you will probably make some good memories and find friends along the way that share the same interests as you.
Last but not least, what made you choose to attend Bryn Mawr?
I chose Bryn Mawr because I wanted to be a part of a small community where I would have the opportunity to get to know my professors and also students from different countries and fields. At the time, I did not know much about the traditions, but they have now become one of my favorite memories from Bryn Mawr; they made me feel welcome and part of a community so far away from home. As an international student, I could not visit campus before committing, but a friend sent me beautiful pictures that confirmed that Bryn Mawr was the place I wanted to go to and start my independent life.