Beatriz Gil Gonzales
Class of 2019
Political science, economics, international relations, Chinese
How has the overall experience at Rochester been for you in terms of adjusting to the community and staying stimulated and engaged?
Being an IB grad has really helped me to adjust into the Rochester community. During IB, I learned that IB is not just a curriculum; IB is also a metaphor for college and even life. Similar to IB, college consists of always challenging yourself and trying to reach your full potential. For example, I am involved in eight different clubs, and I am an e-board member on two of them. This year, my sophomore year, I have also become an RA as a way of being able to contribute to the Rochester community and to help the first years transition into the University.
How have you taken advantage of the Rochester curriculum?
The Rochester curriculum really reminds me of the IB curriculum. In IB it’s not just relevant to be a good student in your HL; you also need to perform well in your SL, and even more importantly, you have to be able to succeed through CAS or TOK. In this way, you acknowledge other cultures, religions, and others who are different from you, and bring everyone together into a globalized community. The University of Rochester cares about their academic curriculum. You are able to complete multiple majors, minors, and clusters, but at the same time they have a sense of community and acceptance. In this way, you are able to have different academic focuses and pursue all of your interests.
Have you gotten involved in any research? If so, what is your project about?
I am going to get involved in research this year. I am probably going to be doing a project about the presidential elections in Mexico. In addition, my first semester of my first year I did an internship in the Rochester office of Senator Gillibrand, and during my first summer, I did two internships: one with the mayor of Leon (north of Spain) and one with the Consulate of the Dominican Republic in Spain.
Why did you choose Rochester?
The main reason why I chose Rochester is because of the academic flexibility. I personally love political science, but I also wanted to have a well-rounded experience, and like in IB, challenge myself to explore more areas. The University of Rochester’s environment encourages you to become ”ever better” through the curriculum, allowing me, for example, to pursue a double major in political science and economics, as well as a double minor in Chinese and international relations. At the same time, however, Rochester knows that in order to be a multi-dimensional person, there needs to be more than just purely academic opportunities. They implement this is many ways, from providing more than 250 clubs and organizations on campus to numerous volunteer opportunities in the greater Rochester community. Personally, my highlight would be that I have become the President of Class Council 2019 and a senator, while I am also a member of Salseros. This way you can use diverse experiences to meet people, have fun, and contribute to your curriculum at the same time.