My past year at the University of Chicago has been thrilling. Over the summer, I was granted the opportunity to travel to China. I stayed in Chengdu and Beijing for a month and worked as the Director-General of a camp dedicated to teaching middle and high school students about Model UN and the skills involved. Once returning home, I worked as a news intern for the MV Times. Back at school, I have continued to pursue a degree in Economics and a minor in History. This quarter, I was able to take a class called the Economics of Crime, taught by Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics. It was the most interesting and engaging class I have taken. With the help and encouragement of MVYouth, I have been given so many wonderful travel and learning experiences. I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store!
My past year at the University of Chicago has been thrilling. Over the summer, I was granted a scholarship from my school to travel to Cuba to improve my Spanish and learn about the culture. I lived in a small apartment in a residential neighborhood of Havana, known as Vedado. Each day in Havana brought new adventures from mastering public transportation, taking salsa classes, walking into a celebration of Carnival, and discussing the politics and economics of Cuba with my neighbors. Cuba is a rapidly changing country that I highly recommend visiting. This academic year I have been able to dive deeper into my major of Economics, which never ceases to amaze and challenge me. In addition to classes, I have continued to participate in the Model United Nations Club. This year, I was granted the opportunity to run two committees, one based in Brazil in 2014 and the other in China in 1912. Overall, my experience with the University of Chicago has been delightful and has provided me with so many opportunities. I am grateful for MVYouth and their generous support of my education.
Each day invites a new adventure. Currently, I am enrolled in four different classes. In one of my classes we are discussing Bhagavad Gita, which is a portion of text from the Mahabharata touching on the role of dharma, knowledge, and death in one’s life. This discussion, with only the students and the professor, was the most powerful, confusing, and influential discussion I have ever been a part of. Not only is the University of Chicago incredible, but the city of Chicago is full of opportunity. Museums, architecture, waterfronts, pizza three inches tall, and giant sculptures of food are just a few things you can find on a casual stroll along the streets of Chicago. MVYouth has allowed me to focus all my energy into my classes without having to worry about getting a job or paying the bill each quarter. I am receiving an incredible education and exploring a fantastic city thanks to MVYouth.