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Ari

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Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Year: Junior
Major: Latin American Studies Education
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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
UW-Eau Claire has helped me to do one of my favorite activities, which is travel. I went to a leadership conference in Chicago my freshman year, then later went on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which takes you through the southern U.S. I also went to Cuba over winter break and took a class about the history of the Cuban revolution. These experiences have helped shape my college career and have pushed me to the major I have today.

How has your residence life experience been?
I especially loved my residence hall experience this year because I was the programmer for the Spanish Living Learning Community located in Katharine Thomas Hall. We had so many great activities, such as making dinner with our professors, game night, tango lessons, etc. I loved the environment because everyone is so passionate about the Spanish language!

Where's your favorite place to eat on campus?
The Market Place in the Davies Student Center. A brownie earthquake is a must!

Who has been your favorite professor so far?
Dr. Shih (Department of English), because he makes classes a safe space for learning and incorporates a lot of topics regarding racism that I had never thought of before.

What been your best memory of college so far?
My best experience so far was when I went to Cuba to study for two weeks. The Cuban people I met there were so kind, and we have become good friends! I also love being among the 1 in 4 students who study abroad while attending UWEC.  

Where's your favorite local hotspot?
I love walking Putnam Trail, as it's always a beautiful place!

Why did you choose UWEC?
I picked UWEC mainly because when I was touring campus I felt that Eau Claire was the place for me. The class sizes are just right for everyone to actively participate, and with the small class sizes you can form a good relationship with your professor. Also, the campus is beautiful and full of green space, and I love the river that runs through campus!

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