Meet an Ian Elliot Scholar: Itzel Nunez (Global Studies: Communications)

During my time completing my summer internship in Mexico, I decided to take a day trip to Mexico City and visit the pyramids of Teotihuacan, or also known as the “Pyramids of the Sun”.  It was nice to learn about the history of my ancestros and amazing to see what they had built.

I chose to complete my summer internship in Guadalajara, Mexico, one, because I have family and friends living there that I had not seen for over 10 years.  Second, because I have never experienced a city lifestyle in Mexico.  As a child, we would only pass through the cities, or see them from a far as we would drive to my mother’s childhood home town.   I had an amazing experience walking through the city, using it’s transportation and getting to see my friends and family after so many years. More importantly, I learned a lot from the internship, and met so many new wonderful people.  I even got to see my favorite Mexican club soccer team play in their home stadium for the first time (hence the jersey).

The amazing feeling that I was able to go to Mexico to teach Aztec dance to a dance group was amazing.  Honestly, it is unheard of to see an American Mexican Folklore dancer go to Mexico to teach.  What you see and hear are teachers from Mexico coming to the United States to teach us.  To have gotten accepted into this group (Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Jalisco) was an amazing accomplishment.  I learned so much from this experience.  I am proud of myself, I am proud of my heritage, I am blessed to have been able to experience this, and thankful to have seen my family after so many long years.  I owe this all to Ian Elliot Scholarship.  Thank you.