Carmen has studied abroad in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and has participated in a service trip to Peru. Her experiences at Saint Ben's complement her interests. About her interests, Carmen explains, "I am interested in working with Spanish-speaking Latino communities with regards to sustainable development issues. I am also very interested in economic and social justice issues as well as environmental concerns." Carmen plans to pursue these interests after she graduates by volunteering for a year in Central or South America. After that, she hopes to work for a nonprofit organization that deals with sustainable development issues.
Carmen was immediately attracted to the Peace Studies major. She states, "I became a Peace Studies major about three weeks into the intro class because I was fascinated and intrigued by philosophies and movements of peace and social change. I was also attracted to the flexibility and ability to incorporate other disciplines into the major. This decision has definitely allowed me to find my true interests . . . "
Carmen's advice for future Peace Studies majors: "Take as much of a variety of classes as you can, get involved with anything and everything that catches your eye, and make as many connections with other students, profs, and staff as possible.
Carmen was the 2002-2003 Jim and Marilyn Schmit Peace Studies Scholarship winner.