Jackie Guzman

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2017
Hometown:
Okemos, MI

How did you decide on RCAH?
I have a wide variety of academic interests, so when I heard about RCAH, it seemed like the perfect thing for me. I loved the idea of interdisciplinary studies with a heavy focus on writing. I also liked that RCAH is a residential college with small classes where you can really get to know the others students and the professors.

What are your academic interests?
I really like writing (especially creative writing), literature, foreign language, community engagement, economics, and policy. Here at MSU, I am minoring in French, Economics, and STEPP (Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy) and am also taking Spanish classes.

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
I love the RCAH curriculum and the fact that our classes are discussion-based. Because our classes are interdisciplinary, we are encouraged to look at topics through a variety of lenses, and this allows for interesting class discussions and debates. I also like that a lot of RCAH classes focus on topics of history, race, and culture. The intersection of the three topics are not often taught together, so it is cool to be able to discuss these in RCAH classes.

What are your future plans?
I plan on going to law school and becoming a lawyer. I am still not sure exactly what type of law I would want to practice, but I am interested in environmental law and/or international law.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside of RCAH?
Again, I really like learning foreign languages and right now I am working on mastering French and Spanish. Within RCAH, I have been involved in the Spanish ILO program. Outside of RCAH, I am currently the President of MSU’s French Club. I enjoy practicing both languages whenever I can, both in and out of the classroom.

Some of my other hobbies include reading, writing, baking, traveling, and photography.

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
Yes, during the summer of 2015 I studied abroad in Costa Rica with RCAH Professors Vincent Delgado and Scot Yoder. While there, I studied ethics in sustainable development, ecotourism, and Spanish. Studying abroad there was such an amazing and enriching experience that I am actually planning on studying abroad there again this coming summer. While there, I plan to take a full course load at a local university. Along with that, I plan to work on an RCAH senior thesis under the supervision of Scot Yoder, continuing to explore some of the topics of environmental sustainability and community engagement that I learned about last summer.