I’m Naila Ricarte, a sophomore at American University’s School of International Service. I am studying a B.A. in International Studies and minoring in Computer Science. Born in Makati City, Philippines and raised in Queens, New York, I have always had a strong appreciation of culture. I’ve always said, if you’re on a tight budget, but want to explore the world through your tastebuds, take the 7 train from Manhattan to the last stop in Queens.
Outside of the classroom, I am involved with AU’s Center of Community Engagement & Service as an Alternative Break leader. The program I am leading is titled Ghosts of War, centered around post-conflict recovery after the Vietnam War. I am also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the professional foreign service sorority. This past summer, I worked at International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) in New York City. As a Peer Mentor, I worked with children, helping them gain English language acquisition and preparing them to enter NYC Public Schools in the fall.