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Achieving the Dream of Studying International Affairs in Europe

Alejandra Flores Renteria

Full Name: Alejandra Flores Renteria
DegreeMaster of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)
Current Campus: SAIS Europe​

SAIS Europe Student Body President Alejandra Flores Renteria came to SAIS with goal of furthering her work in migration policy. She has made great memories along the way. Read her story to learn more about her experience.

Before joining the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), what were you doing?

Before arriving at SAIS, I worked in Higher Education Student Affairs with an emphasis in diversity and equity as well as in public office as policy aide to the Commissioner of Hennepin County in Minneapolis.

What led you to Johns Hopkins SAIS?

I found SAIS through a program to interest first generation marginalized students towards pursuing graduate school. Following the completing my undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History and some time working, I decided I wanted to study International Affairs in Europe. Given SAIS’s prestigious standing in the field and the enticing idea of moving to Italy, I applied and chose the MAIA program in Bologna.

What has been your favorite experience at SAIS and why?

SAIS Europe has provided me with numerous unforgettable memories, making it difficult to select a favorite, but the trips taken with friends I made through the program stand out as particularly splendid. These have included day trips around Italy, the Vienna Ball, and a Spring break in Albania.

What do you plan on pursuing after graduation? or Where do you see yourself 5-10 years after graduation?

Like most, after graduating, I hope to obtain a job. I am aiming to work in migration policy to help improve conditions for human mobility and opportunities for both migrants and host countries. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to students in the process of choosing graduate schools?

Talk to current students who share commonalities, such as pursuing the same program of interest, same home country, etc. Inquire into their experiences as it can help you gain valuable insight into how life at the institution would look like.

What is your favorite SAIS tradition?

Friday nights at Giulio’s, it’s a universal truth.

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