First-year Ethan Barragán leans over the porch at his residence in Hawthorne, Calif., in October. He stated he would like to work in coverage and infrequently spends his free time listening to podcasts and researching present occasions.
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First-year Political Science main and Communication minor Ethan Barragán stated his dream job is to work on political campaigns. Whereas most younger adults his age have been voting for the primary time, Barragán obtained concerned within the election course of by reaching out to his native consultant, Maxine Waters.
He carries this ardour for politics over to his participation in a number of extracurriculars at Pepperdine. Barragán is a member of the Latino/a/x Student Alliance, the Catholic Student Association and is an intern for the Resilience-Informed Skills Education program. He stated he began collaborating in digital conferences with the Model United Nations membership to work towards his profession objectives.
At the latest digital MUN convention, Barragán stated it happy him to characterize Mexico, as his grandparents emigrated from there. He loved staying in character and talking on behalf of the Mexican delegation.
“It was very nice to have the ability to discover a ardour of mine, which is worldwide affairs, and push myself by working with upperclassmen to go to digital conferences,” Barragán stated. “We obtained recognition; we obtained distinguished delegation. So I felt like that actually encompassed all of our work.”
Throughout the Spring 2022 semester, Barragán plans on finding out overseas in Washington D.C. to chase his ardour of working in coverage. He stated he desires to get an internship on Capitol Hill or with a non-governmental group since coverage is one thing he hopes to pursue after school.
“My dream internship must be working probably with a consultant, similar to Ted Lieu from the district close to mine and even my very own district,” Barragán stated. “I’ve by no means actually thought of nonprofit, however possibly I’d love to offer again to sure neighborhood teams — refugees, immigrants, girls — I’d additionally like to be part of serving to them.”
Barragán additionally interns with RISE, a Pepperdine program with objectives to assist college students develop their resilience expertise, which is one thing he’s enthusiastic about. He is ready to work with different first-years to unfold what the six pillars of resilience are and made pals by serving to lead this system. He stated it has been troublesome to achieve out to different Pepperdine college students throughout a digital semester.
“Main by instance is one thing that has been instilled in me by means of my supervisors by means of coaching and thru my classes that I give,” Barragán stated. “Understanding that I’ve to have an open thoughts and form of have a glass half full form of mentality, particularly throughout COVID and through digital studying, it’s one thing that’s mainly been important.”
Via RISE, Barragán is ready to tutor LAUSD third grade college students, which he stated is one thing he enjoys doing on weekends. He was additionally a RISE pod chief final semester and helped plan the RISE neighborhood in Seaside, which is the place he shall be dwelling within the fall.
“It’s been very nice to take that off from the bottom as a result of we have been planning a neighborhood after which now it’s occurring,” Barragán stated. “It is going to be very nice to form of construct this camaraderie round college students, particularly for the reason that Class of 2024 has actually missed out on the primary yr of constructing relationships.”
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