My journey to Thunderbird
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My name is Simon Roca, and I'm a campus ambassador here at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. I'm making this video to tell you about my story on how I came to be accepted into this prestigious, globally minded school. Two years ago, E was in Taiwan, um, teaching English, and I was awaiting deployment into the Peace Corps, where I set to serve as a business adviser and sustainable agriculture advisor in Panama. I was living in Taiwan for about six months with my cousin. During this time in December, my cousin reached out to me about someone he had met recently who was a returned Peace Corps volunteer. It is currently studying at school, and he was in Taiwan for an internship s. So I wanted to talk to him, not because of the school aspect of his life, but because of the fact that he used to be a Peace Corps volunteer. So we got in contact and we started talking, and we eventually got Thio life after Peace Corps. Hey, discussed how he's in a management program for his global MBA, and that was something that really appealed to me was sort of a future goal. I've always had in mind was to go on after the peace corn get into a graduate school. So that was the first time I heard about Thunderbird was through Paul, he said. I didn't know too much about it, but I was impressed by his attitude. I'm in the Peace Corps on the jungles of VAT Aguas, a mountainous region in Panama. On beginning in March, we started hearing stories of volunteers being evacuated from countries around the world because of Cove in 19, the first country that's happened with China. Sure enough, about a month later, two months later, way here about first cases being reported in Panama. We didn't think we were going to get evacuated. There was an emergency text sent to all the volunteers that we had to leave our communities as soon as possible and meet up at a location in the city where we would then be sends off into planes. We all got to this Holiday Inn in Panama City, but and we eventually left. We were able to get aboard a plane when we came back to the States. So at this point, you know, I have no idea what I'm doing. I wasn't expecting to leave Onley nine months into service where I was expecting to leave two years, right? I was expecting that I was going to be there for 27 months, and I was away there for nine months, so I didn't really have a plan at this point. The first thing I looked into was jobs on that quickly. I quickly realized I was a bad idea because of, you know, the potential consequences on the economy. Um, people not wanting to really hire you individuals because virus, all the things that came with. I was like, Okay, well, maybe I could start graduate school. So I was looking at schools that had extended their deadlines. Usually, people apply toe graduate schools, sort of in the winter early spring and Thunderbird was actually the last on my list. I didn't realize that they had extended their deadlines on. I didn't realize that they were offering great opportunities for individuals like myself. Beginning in June, I started my Thunderbird application because Paul, the same guy had met in Taiwan, had posted on Facebook about it. He said Hi. I know there's a lot of returned Peace Corps volunteers out there that are probably looking to figure out their next steps. So I saw his post, and I started doing more research on Thunderbird. Then I was really amazed about the network, their reputation, and they're globally minded education. What you can take from that story is that not only is this a great school, e mean attracts people from all backgrounds, it doesn't matter where you're coming from. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.