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Elaine Aguasvivas '10

Global Citizen. Mentor. International Law Enforcement.

Majors: Economics and Spanish
Minor: Latin American Studies

Internships

I spent last summer interning with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. For the summer of 2009, I will be interning in the State Department with the Bureau for Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. This opportunity will allow me to learn about the role of the United States when aiding narcotic-infected countries in Latin America. Through these experiences, I've discovered that I definitely want to work for the government when I graduate.

Global Citizen

During the fall of my sophomore year I spent a semester studying in Madrid, Spain. My time abroad focused primarily on my Spanish major, but I was able to travel around Europe and learn about Spanish art and literature. It was an amazing experience - I learned so much - I can't wait to go back someday!

Campus Involvement

On campus, I'm involved in the Women's Collective, I'm a Teaching Fellow for Spanish, the treasurer of the Latin American Organization (LAO), and I recently started a baseball club. With help from my mentor, Sandra Rivera '85, I have assisted in initiating a chapter of Toastmasters for the HWS/Geneva community. I joined Toastmasters during my summer in D.C. and earned my Competent Communicator certificate. Toastmasters has helped be become more comfortable and confident when I'm speaking in public.

A Mentor

I'm part of the first cohort of mentors for a relatively new organization called Bridgemark that was started by three women. For the past two years, I've been mentoring two tenth graders from the Bronx. We keep in touch via email and Facebook and I always hang out with them when I go home. I also get lots of opportunities to mentor Geneva students through my involvement in LAO. I love telling them about HWS and encouraging them to go to college!