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FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jesus Galindo, ’17, tries hand at go-carts, wrestling at Ibero-American University in Mexico City


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Jesus Galindo,’17, left, and his friend Alex in front of the main building at Ibero-American University in Mexico City.

Jesus Galindo, ’17, attends Ibero-American University in Mexico City, where he is majoring in communications.


Q: What classes did you take?

A: Theory of Communication I; Introduction to Literature; History of the Media I; History of Mexico; Narration Workshop; and Entertainment, Society, and Communication.


Q: Which was your favorite class?

A: Theory of Communication, because I learned a lot about how society works and how people tend to believe what the media says.


Q: Least favorite?

A: Literature. I didn’t enjoy it that much since I’m just not into it, but it was a required course.


Q: How big were your classes?

A: The average was like 15-20 people. Most of the kids are rich but some are cool.


Q: Did you like the sizes of your classes?

A: Yeah, I think it’s cool because it gives you more of a chance to know the teacher.


Q: Have you participated in any traditions?

A: This year they had something called “C Day,” which stands for “Community Day,” and they bring in cool stuff like go-carts or Lucha Libre (professional wrestling).


Q: Have you participated in clubs or extracurriculars?

A: I played club basketball. We practiced every day and had games at least once a week. The season lasted from October to the end of April. We did okay; out of 30 teams we ended up in 11th place.


Q: Did you transition well?

A: Yeah, I made friends easily. One of them is making a short film, so I’m helping him out. I help with editing or filming.


Q: What is the overall attitude of the student body? Are the majority very studious or are they big partiers?

A: Most people party, and they leave everything till the end of the semester. I go out only a little compared to everyone.


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Jesus “Chuy” Galindo (bottom right) and the rest of the basketball team after winning the championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Q: How do you get around? What do you do for transportation?

A: I drive to campus since I rent a room in somebody’s house, and then once I get there, I walk around.


Q: How did you end up in a house?

A: The university has a program called “Supervised Hospitality,” where they find you a home where you can stay, and then they charge you for the time you spend there.


Q: What is Mexico City like?

A: It’s crazy and full of people. Around the school is the business area of the city, so there are a lot of big companies right around the school (and) people are always in a rush.


Q: How were your roommates?

A: I had four roommates. Two of them go to Ibero, one American and one Japanese, and the other goes to a different school.


Q: What is the weather like?

A: When it’s winter, it doesn’t rain, but it still gets cold – like 20 degrees – and now in the transition from spring to summer, it rained a lot.


Q: Has the college lived up to your expectations so far?

A: Yeah, it has. It exceeded them since the school is really fun with a lot of resources for my major, and they have a lot of international students so you get to meet a lot of diverse people.


Q: What don’t you like about your college?

A: They charge for parking.


Q: What makes your school unique?

A: It doesn’t offer sports scholarships, only academic and need.


Q: What is your advice for the class of 2018?

A: I would say try to hang out with the people who are the most hard-working. It’s going to be better for you in the future.

—By Bryce Longoria 

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