Sofia is a first-year Bachelor in International Relations student at the campus in Segovia. Alongside other first-year Bachelor in International Relations and Dual Degree in Laws + International Relations students, Sofia has set up a new campus group to support the UN’s 2030 Agenda of reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Unlike much of the IE University community, I’ve lived in one place my entire life: Silicon Valley, California. Packing up my life and moving over 9,000 kilometers away was not an easy decision. However, I’m now nearly done with my first semester of IE University and I’m confident I made the right decision.
I chose the Bachelor in International Relations because I have a strong passion for foreign languages and the connections formed between different cultures. When I was five years old, my parents began sending me to Greek School.
At such a young age, I struggled to see the importance of this extracurricular activity. It was only when I began studying for my fluency certificates from the Greek Ministry of Education that I appreciated the courses. The power of language and culture was unlocked for me.
Living an entire ocean away from my grandparents in Greece robbed me of the opportunity to connect with them. Through Greek School, I was able to call my grandparents and learn about the rich history and culture of Greece.
I always struggled with my mixed background and “choosing” a culture to identify with. My mother is half Vietnamese but my father is fully Greek, making me a mix of two very different worlds. IE University is one of the first places in my life where I am no longer forced to pick a side, but rather embrace my place as a global citizen amongst students who are just like me.
Within Bachelor in International Relations, I plan to pursue a concentration in the “Governance of Emerging Technologies and Innovation,” something unique to IE University. Being from Silicon Valley, I’ve grown up with an affinity for new technologies and, to quote IE University, “driving innovation”. Next semester, I’ll be taking part in a “Digital Skills for Success” seminar that I’m sure will help me in such a sector.
IE University’s flexible schedule has allowed me to waste no time in diving headfirst into extracurriculars. Along with my university fellowship, I currently serve as class delegate. I’ve worked on implementing a new app for our class to communicate, upload documents, and share various study resources. I am also a club coordinator for Rotaract, a large service club on campus. My favorite extracurricular, though, is serving as Vice President for the new Sustainable Development Goals Club (SDG).