Hiram Rios - Economics Major - Class of 2015
Studying Economics at USF has been the most strategic decision in reaching my career goals. The strong quantitative background through this course of study made me a competitive candidate for Public Policy and International Affairs graduate programs. I have been accepted to Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University and American University. However, I have accepted a full ride at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government to pursue a Master in Public Policy degree.
While at USF, I also double-majored in International Studies and minored in Mandarin, Chinese. Through these three fields of study, I was able to create a unique profile that made competitive for the three other national scholarships I was awarded: Boren Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, and the Critical Language Scholarship program. These State Department scholarships funded three study abroad programs in China, where I was able to conduct an independent study, take formal mandarin language classes at Qingdao University and Soochow University, and volunteer teaching English.
I have also been awarded a Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship in Foreign Affairs. Through this program, I will be interning in Washington, D.C. this summer at the State Department. More specifically, I will be at the Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs, Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. My work this summer will focus on the Strategic & Economic Dialogue between China and the U.S., an event hosted bi-annually in Washington, D.C.. Next year, I will be able to select any embassy or consulate in the world and intern there for the summer.
It was the economics curriculum, especially classes on Environmental Economics, International Economics, Radical Political Economy and Labor Economics that has aided me in finding my career trajectory. Although leaving USF will be bittersweet, I am excited to join a group of global citizens and public servants.”