Mario Erpinar '16
DWA/Linguistics and French
Campus Involvement/Special Programs:
Soccer intramurals/KOXY/semester abroad/Oxy Latino
Favorite MP/Cooler Food:
Huevos rancheros for breakfast at the MP
Best Oxy Class:
Ethnicity and Nationalism (DWA)/ Intro to Islam (with Malek) / Topics in Opera
Groups I Identify With:
First generation student and American, Latino-Turkish/Armenian descent, DWA/IR
I'm Class of 2016, living in Washington, DC, but I'm originally from Los Angeles. I'm working at USAID, currently on the international religious freedom portfolio. Previously, I worked in a non profit promoting democracy in Latin America. During my free time, I like to go on long bike rides, play soccer, play video games, and cook. I'm also fostering rescue dogs for a local shelter.
Take leaps of faith in your 20s after college--it's a time for exploration. Work hard, be humble, and don't expect things to be served to you. Your first job may or may not be the best job--that's okay--that's how lessons are learned. Work isn't everything--take time to be healthy (physically and mentally) outside the office with things/people you enjoy and new hobbies.