Alumnus Profile: Rio González '14

prelaw  Rio González graduated from the College in 2014 with majors in
  English and Philosophy and a minor in Spanish. Now in his second
  year at Boston University School of Law, Mr. González has worked
  as a legal intern at the Florida Immigrant Coalition in Miami and
  currently serves as the Co-President of the law school's Latin American
  Student Association. He also works as a student attorney at BU Law's
  Civil Litigation Clinic. This summer, he will work at the law firm
  Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy in New York. As a Marist
  alumnus at BU, Mr. González finds himself in good company; BU
  School of Law Dean Maureen O’Rourke is herself a distinguished
  Marist graduate.

Q: How do you like law school?

A: I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend BU; it really is a great place to study the law. The school consistently
ranks as having some of the best professors in the country. I really enjoyed the small class sizes during my time at Marist
and I was surprised to receive the same attention in a seventy-person class at BU.

Q: Which aspects of your experience at Marist have proven most helpful to your work in law school?

A: I certainly gained a lot of confidence during my four years at Marist. Experiences like reciting Middle English in front
of my peers helped me prepare for certain challenges of the law school Socratic method. At Marist I majored in both
English & Philosophy so the high volume of reading I had every week also provided a realistic expectation for the amount
of reading required in law school. The Marist curriculum fostered growth in my communication, critical thinking, and research skills—all of which proved immensely helpful throughout my first year of law school.

Q: What advice would you give to students who are just starting out on their college careers?

A: Go abroad! I studied abroad in Madrid my junior year and it completely changed my life. Marist makes it incredibly easy
to study abroad and I don’t think there’s many (if any) reasons not to do so.

Marist is such a beautiful and connected campus that it can often be very easy to forget about the outside world. I would
encourage everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and continuously challenge themselves to try new things and
keep an open mind.

 

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