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ASU: School of Transborder Studies


Current Student Describing the department


Carlos


What does Transborder Studies mean to you?


a. Transborder studies as an academic field is very close to my heart, as is the school of transborder studies. As a queer Mexican immigrant, the transborder studies discipline has allowed me to study individuals like me and learn more about my own history in a state where ethnic studies were originally frowned upon despite the deeply bi cultural roots of Arizona. Additionally, the transborder studies discipline has given me insight into the causes of my own migration. As undocumented youth you always think about why your family migrated, why you had to leave and what were the conditions of your home that caused you to leave. Why would people give up their home and family? What caused my family to give that up? Transborder studies has allowed me to answer those questions for myself and gave me closure, I was able to learn about the geopolitical environment of my home country that resulted in my exit migration, so knowing the why has become really important for me as I get older.



How does your education in ASU's School of Transborder Studies translate to your current pursuits?


I am a Transborder studies major with a concentration in immigration policy, and

I am currently applying to law school so that I can one day become an immigration attorney. In STS we learn about migration theories, migration history, the relationship of Latin America with the United States as well as binational U.S/Mexico relations, so most of what we learn in the school has direct applications to any immigration policy or international relations related field. For me it gave me a very in depth view of how intertwined the U.S and Mexico really are as well as an in depth view of immigration policy which are directly related to what I want to do as an immigration attorney. It gave me a very good foundation for law school and the law field.



Is there anything about the School of Transborder Studies that you personally connect to?

I connect with the school a lot as a whole and what it has built at ASU. Above all else the School of Transborder studies has built a little family, at many institutions you feel lost because Latinos are the minority in many higher education institutions. In the School of Transborder studies you hear professors speak Spanish or Portuguese, the students are speaking it, you know everyone by name and people understand you culturally. I could have meetings with professors in Spanish if I wanted to, sometimes even classes would shift between Spanish and English and I think that's really amazing. It felt like a piece of home, and everyone was constantly code switching. I loved my time there, because I truly felt comfortable studying and learning in a space with other people like me. I am grateful to all my professors, Patricia our counselor and the director for creating a department that seems like a little piece of Latin America at ASU and for making us all feel like we belong.





Jahaziel


What does Transborder Studies mean to you?


Transborder Studies to me represents the educational framework of my own

experiences growing up at home. The traditional Mexican household is encapsulated in my own life yet also in the classes that the School of Transborder Studies offers. Transborder Studies is my heritage, my identity, and my future as a Latinx community member.



How does your education in ASU's School of Transborder Studies translate to your current pursuits?


By learning about the history of my ethnicity, the dynamics of my culture, and the

close-knit community that I have belonged to, this all translates to my own pursuits because the prouder I am of my own identity, my motivation to succeed in life is strengthened. I want to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to me, and the School of Transborder Studies has given me the tools to do so.



Is there anything about the School of Transborder Studies that you personally connect to?


Walking into the School of Transborder Studies is like walking into my own

home. The neon green walls remind me of my own neon orange home. The artwork reminds me of my heritage. And the cafecitos con pan dulce that the School of Transborder Studies offes speaks for itself. When in Transborder Studies classes, I feel like I am among my own community and I feel welcomed.





Recent Alums


Sonia


What does Transborder Studies mean to you?


To me, Transborder Studies means so much. Choosing this major created a family like community for me in the past 3 years. It helped me connect to my roots and my community. It means the world to be able to learn a perspective that isn’t provided in primary education.



How does your education in ASU's School of Transborder Studies translate to your current pursuits?


My education in the School of Transborder Studies has helped me in

strengthening my need to become an immigration lawyer. Everything I learned has helped me push through to reach the end goal of helping my community. It gave me the base materials to aid the immigrant community.