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Meet Kata! This is her second year as an exchange student from Mexico and she’s loving every minute of her time here in the big city. This isn’t Kata’s first time studying abroad and it most certainly is not her last. She couldn’t wait to sit down and tell HerCampus all about her time here in the United States and what lays ahead for her in the future.

Name: Katherine Torres

Age: 20

Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mx.

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology and Biology

RF: What made you choose Manhattan?

KT: I chose Manhattan College because it is a close-knit community while still being trains ride away from New York City. As a Biology major, I do think the university has great science programs. The professors go out of their way to help you get the best grade possible while still encouraging you to learn all the steps of the way.

RF: What do you miss most about your hometown?

KT: I loved growing up in Guadalajara so I definitely miss the familiarity of the city. I miss my family and spending Sundays with them. Although there are many Hispanics in New York, it’s hard to live in another country. The daily routines aren’t the same, missing out on friend and family birthdays. The food is also a big part I miss.

RF: What’s one memory you’re going to take home with you from your time here?

KT: The friendships I made here are definitely things I will take back home with me. The many experiences I lived here like going to amazing museums, festivals and just doing typical New Yorker things that you cannot do back in Mexico. Living in New York is a great experience.

RF: What are your plans for after graduation?

KT: I’m planning on going to Medical school. I still don’t know what field I’d like to specialize in but becoming a doctor is a lifelong dream.

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