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Jessica Salgado


Undergraduate Degree
  • Class of 2010
  • IDP Major(s): Latin American Studies Major
While At UCLA

Study Abroad: Travel Study Program - Merida, Yucatan (Mexico) Summer 2010.

Extracurriculars: UCLA Rally Committee UCLA Orientation Program (New Students Transition Program) - Orientation Counselor Catholic Student Association (University Catholic Center) - Student Leader.

Undergraduate Research: Musica Yucateca: A Regional Expression of a Multidimensional Identity [Juliet Falce-Robinson Spanish 199] The Great Wall of Los Angeles: The Power of Creating Public Memory [Judy Baca WAC 199]

After UCLA

My curiosity to learn more about the complexity of Latin America is what led me to choose this major. I craved for a closer cultural connection and deeper understanding of my ancestor's history. I was exposed to different cultural forms, the intricate relationships between society and culture, and inspiring people along the way. I did not quite understand where LAS would lead me, but my UCLA experience definitely challenged me to grow into a critical thinker, a lover of artistic and cultural expression, an idealist, and more! LAS also allowed me the opportunity to discover many interests, passions, and goals, and to better understand the complexity of a collective people. I currently work as a Health Educator at Indian Health Council, Inc. on the Rincon Reservation in North San Diego County. My goal is to attend graduate school for social work and/or public health, and to work in field of social justice with fellow innovate thinkers!

Fondest Memory of UCLA

My fondest memory of UCLA were taking the inspiring Ethnomusicology courses I took! Those courses exposed me to the complexity of Latin American culture, society, and history.

Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students

Develop strong study habits; go to office hours; develop relationships with Professors and Teaching Assistants, and fellow classmates; be the first to say, "hello!"; challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone; expose yourself to as much knowledge, experiences, people as you can...they will enrich your life!