Interview with Richard Winchell (EE.UU.), member of JAB

Written on March 30, 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 Richard Winchell (EE.UU.), member of JAB

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

I got involved with JAB after my father, a member of the International Advisory Board, suggested I apply. What really appealed to me was the truly international nature of the school. Also, it gave me an opportunity to travel to one of the most storied cities in all of Europe.  

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

I am looking forward to living independently; being an adult. I want to be able to take full responsibility and control of my own life, and college is really the first time where I can attempt to do so.  

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

Currently, I am still debating whether to pursue a career in Economics or Political Science. However, what interest me in both cases is the conceptual aspects of the economy and government, respectively. Both are integral components of a functioning society, and regardless of which I do decide to pursue, I would like to be able to demonstrate some form of mastery over both.  

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

A future leader should be smart, administrative, charismatic, devoted, and virtuous. The truly great leaders – Abraham Lincoln, Augustus Caesar, Charlemagne etc. – have all exemplified these qualities. However, the most important quality is an ability to stand steadfast in the face of adversity.

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

When I visit schools, the two things I always look at first are the quality of education, and the quality of student life. If the school provides a poor education, then it will not serve its primary objective of preparing its students be successful in their pursuits. However, no matter how great the education is, the quality of life for the student is equally important; four years of misery are not worth a great education.


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