Major: International Business, Economics
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
All the way from Mexico City, Mexico, Giovanna Torres-Rodriguez came to Westminster to pursue a double major in International Business and Economics.
Most of the clubs and organizations she joined on campus deal with promoting diversity: During her sophomore year, she was the president of the International Student Association. For the past three years, she has been an officer of the Latin@ Club, and currently the Vice-President. She has also been a member of the Westminster Diversity Union (an organization with representatives from all the diversity clubs on campus). This year, she also served as the Diversity Chair for SAC (Student Activities Commission).
Giovanna is part of the Westminster Scholars program. This program gave her the opportunity to fulfill her LE’s through problem-based learning and hands-on experience. She presented a workshop at the Diversity Summit 2012 on Strengthening Latina Leadership. She will also graduate as a Service Learning Scholar.
She was a camp counselor at the Westminster Diversity Summer Camp, volunteered for Youth City, and was a mentor for “WE CAN”. These were fantastic experiences where Giovanna discovered a passion for helping younger students, especially from underrepresented backgrounds, find the importance of attending college. “I learned to recognize the different experiences students have with the education system and what can be done to help each student achieve his/her goal,” she said.
One of her favorite Westminster memories was this last May Term 2013. She took the Spanish/Math May Term trip to Spain to walk the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. She made new lasting friendships as well as strengthening old ones. Throughout the pilgrimage, she experienced the strong sense of community that complete strangers can develop almost instantly, even beyond differences in nationality, age, and language.
Giovanna had wonderful professors and interesting classes; however, her best moments at Westminster were outside of the classroom. “Westminster provided me with the opportunity to interact with local and international communities. This greatly developed my sense of responsibility and service to the people around me,” she said.
After graduation, she will be taking a short break from school but plans to go to graduate school for an MBA or International Relations.
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