Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies
What was your favorite class and how has it influenced your further course of study?
My favorite class was Political Thought in the Global South. I think as people from the United States, we forget that we have a sister continent that has theories, literature, and cultures of its own. This class was a reminder that every place has its own political theory worth trying to understand.
Why did you choose your major/minor/concentration? What influenced you to pursue this course of study?
I chose my major because I loved political science classes and I love the way PoliSci at Haverford is framed. At Haverford, political science is very open ended; every professor is a specialist in a given topic and the topics vary greatly. So you really have a wide range of subjects to choose from. It's this liberty and diversity that I've enjoyed the most. And because I'm very interested in Latin American studies, I'm a Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies concentrator, which is extremely interdisciplinary. You can take History, Spanish, and Political Science courses that all count for this concentration, which I've always found very refreshing.
What surprised you most about your course of study or what would others be most surprised by about your course of study?
I think I was most surprised about my lack of knowledge on Latin American studies. Though I grew up in Puerto Rico, and took many Spanish literature classes, I guess my education had always been Euro-United States focused. Taking these classes on Latin America and the Caribbean have really opened my eyes to different thought processes, perspectives and cultures. I think this would be the most surprising to others as well.
What do you hope to do after graduating from Haverford?
After Haverford, I hope to go to law school and continue to study ways in which I can help the Latino community in the United States and abroad.