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Mario Erpinar '16


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Washington, DC

Oxy Major/Minor:  

DWA/Linguistics and French

Current Company:


Current Position:

Program Specialist

Campus Involvement/Special Programs:

Soccer intramurals/KOXY/semester abroad/Oxy Latino
Student Association

Secondary Schooling:


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.

Career Advice:

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.