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Interview with María Isabella Olmos (Colombia), member of JAB

Written on March 29, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with María Isabella Olmos (Colombia), member of JAB 

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it?

My high school counselor introduced me to the JAB program. I was motivated to take part in JAB because of the excellent opportunities it offers. These experiences will prepare me for future leaderships and will also give the opportunity to meet other people and create networks, enabling me to become a more efficient leader and well-rounded person. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your
future university?
 

The greatest challenge that I’m looking forward to is being able to study in a second or third language. I look forward to this challenge because it will be difficult to grasp grammar concepts and comprehend on an academic level. However, I feel that I am more than capable of accepting the challenge and excelling in my studies.

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why? 

Learning about how other people interact and make decision has sparked my interest in my undergraduate major, Economics – is a great lens in which to view the world. You can apply economics to every decision you take, since economics is the study of how decisions are made. I am really passionate about studying economics because I can apply my math skills in to the real world problems. The global economy seems to be more important now than ever and crucial when it comes to the unification of communities throughout the world. Understanding different cultures and opinions is essential in forging a successful career and obtaining personal satisfaction, helping me to construct my own criteria and relate better to other people

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

A leader should be able to serve the community by motivating, guiding, helping and communicating with the members within the society with fervor and enthusiasm. Trustworthiness, passion, confidence, charisma and dedication are also important qualities in a leadership position, which would also help a leader, guide the members within his/her society. 

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

When choosing a university it is most valuable to look at the quality of the faculty. The professors at the university are the source of knowledge. They will provide guidance and advisement for my future career endeavors. Great professors demand their students to go above and beyond, pushing them to produce their best work and mentoring them at the same time.

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