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December 2022 - Armando R. Otero IV

BA International Studies (International Security, Norms and Cooperation); BA Anthropology ‘22

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

University of Michigan Affiliations: Sigma Iota Rho, University of Michigan Fencing, Housing Resident Advisor, International Center Peer Advisor

“The international studies major was instrumental in how I shaped my post-graduation plans in both the practical and academic pathways. At the academic level, PICS showed me the value of an education that takes a comparative, global approach to the world's unique identities and problems; something I have greatly focused on when creating a list of spaces where I wish to pursue a degree in law. The level of comprehension and curiosity the PICS department promotes clearly reshaped my view of what a successful program should look like for the future. At the practical level, it has made developing international and cultural competency a priority for these next few years. As a result, I am utilizing the skills I learned within PICS to embark on a journey to teach in a foreign country. In the end, I owe my curiosity and willingness to engage with the world around me to the formative years I had while at PICS.”