Baruch Student Melody Mills Earns Fulbright Award to Study in Peru

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NEW YORK, NY- April 23, 2014 –Baruch College student Melody Mills has earned a U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award to Peru, where she will be conducting research on the educational trajectories of disadvantaged children.

“I am extremely grateful, honored, and delighted to have received this Fulbright award to conduct research on the educational trajectories of street-living girls of Lima,” Melody said. “I look forward to embarking on this journey and project. I am so thankful for everyone who guided and supported me along the way. They contributed to this accomplishment of being awarded a Fulbright.”

 

Pursuing her dream

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Melody is a double major in Psychology and Political Science and will be graduating in May 2014.

Melody pursued the double major to understand psychology because, “It is important to understand the people that you work with and the internal systems and structures that direct motivations, attitudes, and behaviors,” she said. “It is also essential to understand the political structures and systems that govern people from an external point of view and how that effects decisions and policies in education. In addition, I am fascinated with social psychology and very interested in learning about the cracks in the political system where there is room for improvement.”

This will not be the first time Melody visits Peru. She studied abroad with CIEE Liberal Arts Program during the 2013 spring semester in Peru from March- July at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru (PUCP).

“I studied psychology there and resided in Lima although I was fortunate to be able to visit other parts of this magnificent country as well,” she said. “While I was there, I volunteered with Instituto Mundo Libre Casa de Niñas (IML) and worked with former street girls by teaching dance classes, assisting in workshops, and tutoring girls ages 12-17. When I was there, I conducted a surface level research project comparing the level of the motivation for education of these girls from IML and girls of the same age at PUCP.

"Now I will return to research the educational trajectories of street living girls in Lima and this is what I look forward to the most, the research that I will do."

 

"Thank you" Baruch

During her time at Baruch, Melody says she has benefited from the College’s diverse student population and fields of study.

“Baruch College is very strong in its Zicklin School of Business and being surrounded by Zicklin students has enriched me with a drive for professionalism that is very conducive to interacting and networking with institutions and people,” she said. “In addition, faculty, staff, and clubs at Baruch are fueled with a desire to see students grow and reach greater potential and that atmosphere can enhance anyone's college education experience.”

Melody says she is very grateful for the help and support she has received by various professors and staff members at Baruch College and the Macaulay Honors College.

At Baruch, Melody stays active in student life, serving as president of Solutions Across Borders and co-chair for the Black History Month Committee in February 2014. She is also a member of various other clubs and enjoys working out in the student athletic center.

Melody plans to pursue a Master’s degree after she completes her work in Peru and like her fellow Fulbright recipient Mariya, she hopes to find a career where she helps people.

"I hope to be involved in work and organizations that have the mission of helping the education of children with social disadvantages."

 

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

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