Well as you can tell from the headshot I used, I don't take myself overly seriously. I'm twenty years old and a son of Cuban exiles, born and raised in Miami, Florida. I have a particularly interesting outlook on the world - one brought about by the Cuban heritage I take with me (and maybe one or two run-ins with my own mortality, but no biggie!) for living well and loving life unpretentiously and earnestly. The experience of friendships, connections, experiences, and memories are what drive me to make the most of wherever I am, and explore everything - the people, the history and culture, the problems we all face, and that we are all fundamentally more alike than different. I'm a junior at Bates College, majoring in Politics with the idea of one day getting into law and leaving the world a bit better than I found it. On the off chance that I'm not working or studying, I like throwing myself into anything that seems like a challenge, regardless of whatever it is. On my off time, I like being able to just sit outside and soak in the day or night, relax, and appreciate the world around me.
The greatest excitement for me about studying abroad is being able to be in a wholly different culture, one that is in many ways similar to the one I grew up, in yet remarkably distinct as well. The familiar-yet-foreign appeal of it along with the ability to speak Spanish - a language I grew up speaking at home but rarely use at school, and being able to engage with people in that manner, is what most excites me.