Philip Lopez '13
Philip Lopez is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is a former Fulbright scholar to Vietnam.
I had been a Business Administration major as a freshman and sophomore in college. During the spring semester of my sophomore year I took an Introduction to Political Science class that I can honestly say changed my life. I have an affinity for business and a business sense, but I recognized then that I also have a deep passion and interest in political science. I decided to go for a double major in Business Administration and Political Science with a minor in Global Studies.
Inspirited by the history of politics and a political curiosity I created a customized study abroad program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While in Vietnam I found the perfect marriage between my two majors. I put a focus on Emerging Economies. My Business background gave me the ability to evaluate and work in business settings, and my Political Science background gave me cultural, political, and philosophical perspective, along with ambitions to thrive internationally. After I returned from my semester abroad I was determined to create an international career for myself after graduation.
My Political Science education inspired me to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship back in Vietnam which I received upon graduation. The ability to serve as a cultural and goodwill ambassador in rural Vietnam was a truly rewarding experience. The history and understanding of other cultures, global awareness, and ability to evaluate geopolitical factors greatly enhanced my awareness and understanding of a country so different than the United States.
My Fulbright Scholarship, and personal travel within Asia, also opened my eyes to other areas where I could apply the knowledge I gained at Marist. During my grant year I had opportunities to meet U.S. Ambassadors, Foreign Service Officers, and other members of the State Department. My long term goal is to contribute my skills to either an international business organization using my business and political science background to assist in global business done right, or to work for the State Department advising and supporting U.S. international business interests.