Maria Luisa Olavarria (MAIPS '12) talks about using her education and experiences at the Monterey Institute to bring hope and change to Venezuela.
May 28, 2012
Alyson Chun '12
Major: International and Area Studies- Middle East
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
What is your favorite place in Monterey?
What internships or jobs have you had while attending MIIS?
Throughout my time at MIIS, I have interned with a local NGO called Global Majority. I have also continued to do some work with my previous employer, the JUMP! Foundation.
What are your career aspirations?
I aspire to work either in the Foreign Service, or as a country director for an organization like USAID or UNDP. I am also very attracted to the idea of going back to Michigan and working to re-develop Detroit.
Do you have a personal Mantra or quote you live by?
Some combination of the following...
"Go big or go home"
"Live life to the fullest"
"You can sleep when you're dead"
"Anything you can do, I can do better"
"No pain, no gain"
"An eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind"
"Do unto others"
... and the 'shoot for the moon - land among stars' one
Fun fact about you:
I am part Chinese and part Italian.
If you were a food, you would be:
A cheeseburger: a reliable classic that appeals to many tastes, can be jazzed-up or served plain and simple.
What has been the highlight of your MIIS experience thus far?
In terms of course work, I really enjoyed DPMI (Development Project Management Institute), and appreciate the rigor of everyday school work. I have also really enjoyed living in Monterey.
And one last thing:
Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite author. And I really like this: