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School of Diplomacy Graduate Represents U.S. at the 2015 World Expo  

DiplomacyRosybell Maria, a recent graduate of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, realized her dream of helping to bridge gaps in human rights when she acted as an American Ambassador at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy.

The World Expo is a large, public exhibition that allows countries to come together to discuss issues that affect the international community and explore how those issues are being individually and collectively addressed. Participating countries sponsor exhibits that demonstrate how they are utilizing innovative technology and sustainable mechanisms to feed growing populations. Exhibits often celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions of participating countries.

The theme of the 2015 World Expo, which ran from May through October, was “Expo Milan: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Over 140 countries presented and shared their humanitarian-focused innovations. “Working as a Student Ambassador has been an incredible experience,” Maria said. “It showed me first-hand how collaboration can counteract the pressing humanitarian issues faced around the world.”

As a student ambassador, Maria provided onsite resources to over 6 million guests who visited the United States Pavilion and led specialized tours in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, and Arabic, for V.I.Ps and dignitaries. In her free time, she traveled to France and Germany, taking full advantage of the opportunity to immerse herself in European culture.

Maria explained that, “Using the tools and skills I gained as a Diplomacy student enabled me to overcome cultural or language barriers, and foster cross-cultural connections, enhancing my role as a student ambassador.”

Maria first learned about the opportunity to be a World Expo ambassador through her connections as a Benjamin Gilman Scholar. At Seton Hall, she received assistance with the highly competitive application process from Dr. Catherine Ruby, Director of Internships and Career Development in the School of Diplomacy, and Maria Bouzas, Director of International Programs. Rosybell competed with over 1,000 American college students who applied to be student ambassadors and was chosen as one of the 120 ambassadors from across the country.

When asked about her favorite moment as a Student Ambassador, Maria referenced the opportunity she had to meet Secretary of State John Kerry, calling it “the highlight of [her] entire experience.”

“His acknowledgment of the work that my fellow Student Ambassadors and I were doing with the USA Pavilion was extremely inspirational and further validated my passion for Diplomacy and International Relations,” said Maria.

Maria expressed gratitude for the skills she gained from her experience as a Student Ambassador stating, “I realized that working at the World Expo and representing the United States of America Pavilion as a Student Ambassador would build upon the knowledge and skillset I need to proactively problem-solve in my future career.”

Since participating in the World Expo, Maria has applied for a Fulbright Scholarship. She hopes to eventually teach English in the Middle East or North Africa. Maria is also working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer, where she hopes to one day contribute to the implementation of U.S. foreign policy and the advancement of the country’s interests abroad.

Categories: Alumni , Nation and World

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