Why did you decide to study at CSU?
Before I came to CSU I was studying in the United Kingdom. I had a great experience regarding traveling and getting connected with different cultures; however, I didn’t have a great college experience. The education system in the UK is very different than in the US and all I wanted was to be in an American university. By the end of my freshman year, I started looking for schools to transfer to in the U.S. and two friends who are CSU students recommended me to apply to this University. Since the first step of the application process I felt this was the place I needed to be, and thankfully I got accepted into this amazing university.
What types of activities/clubs are you involved in at CSU? Could you tell us about your experience in these activities?
Since my first day at CSU, I understood I could get involved with as many organizations as I wanted. And there was no reason for why I shouldn’t join them and participate. Today, I am a photographer for the student newspaper of the university, the Collegian; I joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, which is constantly teaching me how to become a better man; and I will be an Orientation Leader for the summer and fall semesters of 2016. I am very excited about become an orientation leader not only because of the great opportunity of learning new things, but also for making new connections and helping new incoming students to feel like this is where they are supposed to be.
What are your career goals?
Studying Political Science, I will have various opportunities of different careers. However, my dream job is to be a diplomat for the United Nations.
What do you want people to know about your home country?
Brazil is an awesome, huge and very diverse place. First of all, we don’t speak Spanish or “Brazilian”. I get that every single day. It’s hilarious what people can come up with. Second, most cities in Brazil are very developed and could easily be compared with some cities in the U.S. People get surprised when I tell them this. Also, no, you won’t get robbed or kidnapped or something like that. You just need to be careful where you go. I think that everyone should visit Brazil at least once in their lifetime.
What advice would you give to other students who are considering CSU?
Colorado is a very special place. Not only for its glorious landscape, but its people are what makes this state so amazing. People are always very nice and receptive, and you’ll easily make friends. CSU is no different than that. Our campus is huge and beautiful; there is always something going on; and also, the food from the dorms is not bad! It’s a huge university regarding the number of students, but after a few months here you’ll feel like you know everyone and it becomes a very receptive place. Also, all the professors are really nice and it provides you with great opportunities for the future.