Paul is a Warren College student at UCSD, and comes from the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles. He writes:
I am really enjoying my time here despite all the work. My classes are really interesting and the professors are pretty good. While here I’ve started to learn to surf, but I’ve found that it isn’t nearly as easy as it looks.
Paul is currently doing research at the fMRI center with a professor at the medical school at UCSD. In his project he is helping the professor to develop a new MRI technique for rodent brain imaging.
He is leaving for Spain on August 31st and writes:
I’m excited about the study abroad experience; I like the fact that I will be receiving a broad education. Becoming fluent in Spanish has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ll finally get past the frustration of not being able to communicate with many of my relatives in El Salvador. I chose to go to Spain because there I’ll not only be able to master my Spanish, but also to experience diverse cultures all around Europe. Studying literature will be a good change of pace and I’m looking forward to the new material. I’ve always loved reading and literature so this is a great opportunity for me. I also plan to take some political science courses to complete one of my Warren area studies and I’m really interested to see how these European courses will differ from U.S. political science courses. Even though I’m looking to expand my education while abroad, I don’t want to lose touch with my main field of interest and hope to find an internship or laboratory to work in while in Madrid.
Regarding his future he writes:
Part of me wants to go on to get a PhD in bioengineering, but another part of me wants to be done with school and go to work in industry. What I will probably do is work for a year or two after getting my B.S. and then look into applying to graduate school. But who knows, maybe I’ll really love the work and just stay in industry.