Alex DeParde

Alex DeParde
Alex DeParde
Government and Hispanic Studies
Minneapolis, MN
Model Organization of American States, Java Barn Music Venue

As a student from the Midwest, a school halfway across the country was not the obvious choice for university. However, St. Lawrence’s academic programs and study abroad options stood out. Since being in Canton, I have discovered that St. Lawrence goes above and beyond in providing students with the resources to pursue their academic interests, both in and out of the classroom.

During high school, I developed an interest in political science and the Spanish language, both of which I continue to pursue through a double major in Government and Spanish. Since arriving at St. Lawrence, I have made great strides toward fluency in the Spanish language through courses such as Literatura Española and Culturas de España. In continuing my study of Spanish, I will attend Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the spring of 2014. Aside from conventional in-class instruction, my Government courses have included experiential components. In the spring of 2013, I participated in the Model Organization of American States during which St. Lawrence students traveled to Washington DC to participate in a weeklong exercise in international diplomacy alongside students from around the hemisphere. During the model, I applied both my knowledge of political science and Spanish.

St. Lawrence University has also given me the opportunity to gain work experience that is relevant to both majors. In the spring of 2013 I became an editorial assistant for the Latin American Research Review, a bilingual academic journal the focuses on a variety of topics in Latin America. After St. Lawrence, I’d like to gain work experience before attending graduate school. In the long run, I plan to develop a career in which I can apply my knowledge of political science and Spanish. St. Lawrence University has provided me with the opportunity to pursue both of these interests thoroughly.