Year of graduation: 2016
Hometown: Sunny South Florida
Major: Global Studies
1. What are some things you have done concerning your major, Global Studies?
I’ve volunteered really all over the world, I’ve worked with children in Costa Rico, Peru, and India. I spend 6-8 weeks in a particular village, in a particular country and I interact with children. I really get to understand their culture, I immerse myself in their culture and try to make as much of a difference for them as I can. I am essentially a small link on a long chain of volunteers who come on an everyday bases, 365 days a year, through an organization called Cross Cultural Solutions.
2. What made you get started in volunteering?
Really through my own personal experiences. My whole life I was living in a bubble, I had a very myopic view of the world. I didn’t understand the harsh realities of the world, that for many people struggling is what there daily life is made up of. However when I was eighteen some circumstances came up in my life that allowed me to see struggling here in our own country. I lived it, I felt it, and I understood how hard it was to overcome my situation. I felt that it was my own moral obligation to venture into foreign territories to actually understand what life is like for an individual who might not be as fortunate as myself. Then to see if I could create or work with other people who are already thinking of sustainable solutions to make life better for them.
3. Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
Once I graduate I’ll be working with a firm in the city that provides healthcare for the underprivileged. We will make it easier for them to access plans if they don’t have them we will actually walk them through the process. Many people specifically in Jamaica Queens aren’t familiar with our language, there is a huge language barrier. There are many struggles when it comes to getting a healthcare plan, so I plan to assist them with that.
4. What is your long term goal?
My long term goal is to get a degree from the University of Peace in Costa Rico. It’s a UN affiliate school, I want to start a non-profit organization that fights for the rights of children in developing worlds, but where that will take me, I’m not sure.