In his 43 years of life, my father has touched many lives: friends, neighbors, former drug addicts, refugees, and my own. He has the rare ability to build long-lasting relationships; he is a paradigm of service where service is more than what you do and it is defined by who you are.
Since a very young age I have aspired to affect people in the manner that my dad does but my vision has expanded; which is why I decided to study International Relations and Political Science, so that I can have a better understanding of global affairs and through the use of diplomacy help solve future conflict in the world.
Capitalism is a European invention, as is democracy, and because the world we live in today was shaped by the European powers, many countries around the world are imitating European institutions and want to live in a world defined by liberal democracy and the free market.
My country of choice to better understand European Studies is Spain. Spain and the United States are closely associated in many fields. In addition to U.S. and Spanish cooperation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), defense and security relations between the two countries are regulated by the Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement and the Agreement on Defense Cooperation. The United States and Spain are also strong allies in the fight against terrorism. However, this are not the only reasons for both countries’ sustained liaison. Spain is the United States’ 27th largest export market, and two-way U.S.-Spain trade was nearly $19 billion in 2010. In 2009, foreign direct investment (FDI) from Spain in the United States stood at $47.5 billion, making Spain the ninth largest investor in the United States. Spain is also the second fastest growing source of FDI in the United States. Spanish companies are the largest foreign investors in the U.S. renewable energy sector and are major participants in U.S. Department of Energy renewable energy programs. The United States is working to create new opportunities for greater U.S. exports to Spain in support of the President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2016, supporting millions of jobs.
Besides studying US International Relations in Europe, I would also like to immerse myself in the Spanish language, as it it my native language, and Spanish culture so that I can better understand diplomatic relations from Spain’s point of view since we are linked by excellent and historic bilateral relations, with signs of a great future in the 21st Century. I intend to embark on this journey through The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) which includes an Intensive Internship Experience (IIE). This program is awarded US accreditation through Jacksonville University in Florida and includes English taught courses that amount to 12 credits to be completed in 12 weeks after which a 4-week internship experience will immediately follow. It is my goal to be able to intern at the US consulate in Barcelona in order to gain first hand knowledge of US diplomatic affairs in a country as important as Spain.