Marisol Gutiérrez

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Marisol Gutiérrez
Political Science and Spanish Literature

With a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Literature, Marisol hopes to attend law school after graduation from Eleanor Roosevelt College/UCSD and ultimately to pursue a career in Immigration Law.

At UCSD she was on the staff of Voz Fronteriza , a Spanish/English newspaper covering events relevant to the Mexican community. She has also been a member of the UCSD Aztec Dance Group that performs at cultural events in the San Diego area. Marisol feels strongly about maintaining her bicultural heritage and sharing it with others.

At the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Marisol will focus on political science classes (“I am looking forward to cultivating an international perspective of the world”), while also taking some Spanish Literature. The UNAM student body has a small number of foreign students but is predominantly Mexican.
Being completely bilingual, there is no language barrier for Marisol – although she admits to having a slight accent in Spanish which gives away her nationality!

Quotes from a letter from Marsiol in early October:

I’m taking the following three classes at UNAM: The Exterior Politics of Mexico, Government and Public Issues, and The Sociology of Indigenous Cultures in Mexico. My classes are small and the pedagogy is mostly one-on-one learning and debate with the professors. It has been a challenge adapting to the teaching style, but I have adjusted quite well and the semester is off to a good start.

I recently moved into my own apartment with the help of an older cousin … it was quite an adventure getting everything together, but I can finally say that I’m settled and ready to concentrate on my school work. I recently looked into playing soccer for the school team, but discovered that I have to have double nationality, which I don’t, but I’ll see what I can do about getting that fixed. I’m also going to start practicing Aztec dance with a group on campus.

Before her departure for Mexico City, Marisol expressed a desire to immerse herself in the life of a large metropolitan city (in contrast with her earlier experiences in rural towns). Now she writes: “One of the things I have come to love about the city are the abundant small coffee shops and bookstores, not to mention the museums and foreign films. My book collection has started to grow, and I have no idea how I’m going to take them back to the States.”

She has done some traveling (including visits to relatives in the state of Morelos) and if her academic schedule permits, she hopes to do more.