Interview with Yvonne Cantarero Sanchez (Spain), 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 Yvonne Cantarero Sanchez (Spain), member of JAB

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

My mother is a member of the IE community. She was the one who told me about the program. I believe this a great opportunity for me to meet people from all over the world and be able to learn from each other. I find this opportunity very enriching, culturally speaking, and I look forward to meeting the rest the JAB members. 

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

I look forward to successfully merging with people who have different views and ideas than me, considering our differences in our cultural backgrounds. I think this experience will help me expand my horizons. 

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

In the future I plan on working within fields where I would be able to fully utilize my language skills. Therefore I wish to enroll in an international affairs major to further develop my knowledge within past, present and future cultural issues. 

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

A leader must be willing to sacrifice everything for their goal. A successful leader must be fully devoted to their cause. Turning back the hands of time, one would come across the bravery of leaders like Martin Luther King. By sacrificing his safety in advocating for African American rights, Martin Luther King was truly a leader of his generation. Success can only be reached through leadership that comes at the cost of sacrifice.

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

While going through college applications, I always keep in mind that the most important thing is my learning environment. Considering I will be living in that environment for at least four years, I always check the amount of international students each institution has. I strongly believe that a university with a high amount of international students is a place where all opinions are taken into consideration.


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