Greetings from the Macalester College Global Ambassadors program! The Global Ambassadors program was created to enable current Macalester students to serve as resources for international prospective students who are trying to decide if Mac is a good academic and personal fit for them.
My name is Sebastian Ramirez ’19. I come from the small town of Palmares, located in the central plain of Costa Rica. Along with Meha Jain ’19 from Mumbai, India, we coordinate the Global Ambassador Program.
I remember the anxiety I felt as a high school student in Costa Rica as I tried to determine which of the many colleges in the United States would be right for me. Even after I decided to enroll at Macalester, I still did not know what to expect when I arrived on an unfamiliar campus in a country that was also new to me. One of the things that helped reduce my anxiety and gave me confidence was the support I received from Macalester international students and the International Student Program Office. This is why I am excited to serve as a Global Ambassador Coordinator.
My first year was amazing and I have fallen in love with Mac. I was drawn to Macalester in part because of its location in a metropolitan area. Living in a beautiful residential neighborhood that is close to the city centers of Minneapolis and Saint Paul is one of the perks of being a Macalester student. My friends and I can easily walk to many different coffee houses and restaurants, or we can take a 20 minute bus ride and be in either downtown.
I had been told that I would encounter both great cultural diversity and a close community at Macalester, and that is one of the things I love the most here. This summer I am sharing a house with classmates from Poland, Syria, Malaysia, Germany and Palestine. I have attended many events where international and domestic students talked about their interests in global affairs. One of my favorite events last semester was the Country Spotlights. Students made presentations about their home countries to anyone who wished to attend. It was a great way to learn about new cultures and share with other students.
During class discussions, students from all over the world share their opinions. In my first semester at Mac, I took a class called Global Media Industries. It focused on different media industries around the world and included students from Ghana, Nigeria, Belarus, Japan, China and the United States. It was truly an amazing experience since many of the class topics were about countries and regions that were represented in the classroom. Latin American Telenovelas, Nigerian movie dramas, Indian Bollywood musicals, and the biggest Hollywood movies were among the topics discussed.
I encourage you to take a moment to fill out our Prospective Student Form on our website so that we can serve you better. My fellow Global Ambassador and I are always available to answer your questions and to provide you with our perspectives on Macalester. Please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help in any way.