If you wind up going to college in the United States, do as many internships as possible and be sure to leave a good impression on your bosses and coworkers.
Those are the people who can lead you to a future job, says Belén Robles, an academic adviser for EducationUSA in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Robles, 26, knows what she’s talking about.
On May 9, 2015, she graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana with a degree in business and economics and a minor in political science. Two days later, she became an academic adviser at the EducationUSA center in Guayaquil, where she offers students guidance in how to apply to and succeed at U.S. colleges and universities.
Robles says she opted for an American university because she wanted a good education that would allow her to contribute to her community in Ecuador.
“I wanted to be Ecuador’s president at that point,” she says, “so I wanted to prepare as much as I should, because I thought politics was a way to make a change.” She no longer has her eye on Carondelet Palace, but that doesn’t mean she has lost her ambition to help others.
Robles reveled in the University of Evansville, where she met students from Africa, the Middle East and other parts of South America. She says it was like traveling the world without leaving school.
Before enrolling at the University of Evansville, Robles had visited a public high school and a university in the United States, so she was somewhat familiar with the education system. Now she has more experience and expertise, and she offers these tips to students who are curious about study in the U.S.:
This article was written by freelance writer Lenore T. Adkins.