Student Profile: Eduardo Ramirez ’12
Eduardo Ramirez has always been passionate about understanding
the world. Even as a young boy living in the Coyoacan district
of Mexico City, Eduardo’s
interest in politics and world news was evident.
“When I was growing up, the first thing I’d do when I woke
up was turn on the
TV and read the newspaper.”
Considering this childhood passion for international relations,
it should come as
no surprise that Eduardo ended up far from home, studying abroad
“Studying abroad is a big opportunity.
To go back to Mexico with a degree from
a United States college really improves
your chances of being successful and having
a lot of opportunities. It shows that
you’ve overcome obstacles in a different
culture, and it shows that you’ve adapted
and been competitive.”
Eduardo credits the Phelps Scholars Program,
headed by program director and
Hope professor Chuck Green, for helping
him transition to life in a new country.
“When you come to a new place, you
want to find someone who knows what
you feel like. The Phelps Scholars Program
connected me with other people who are
interested in international relations.”
The other important piece in Eduardo’s
transition was the international education
“With the international office, you just
don’t feel alone. They’ll help you with
anything—banks, health care, visas. They
make you feel extra protected.”
The international education office will be especially important
as Eduardo plans
to spend the fall of 2010 in Brussels, Belgium, studying diplomacy
his French. Then, in the spring of 2011, Eduardo will intern in
where he will get the chance to see how federal government works.
Aside from the academics, Eduardo has also found Hope to be a lively
community that has provided many opportunities for him to pursue
outside of class. For example he has enjoyed joining other international
playing soccer on Thursday and Friday nights in the Dow Center.
He has picked
up tennis, too.
In the end, though, Eduardo looks forward to the day that he can
Mexico and become involved in the Mexican government.
“I would like to go to graduate school or maybe diplomacy school
Mexico,” Eduardo says of his post-Hope plans. “I want
to help my country. I want
to pursue a career in diplomacy with my ultimate goal to work as
state in Mexico.”
If Eduardo’s time at Hope is any indicator of things to come,
he is sure to be a
worthy diplomat of Mexico and mediator among many cultures.
This profile was written by Charlie A. Walter, a Hope College
senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 2010-11 Hope College
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