BY AMANDA FELDSTEIN
Mauricio Santillan is a senior with high expectations for his future career, who came to America to learn from other cultures as well as perfect his English.
“I want to work in a big company and later, based on my experiences, open my own company,” said Santillan.
Originally from Mexico City, Santillan studied in America at another institu- tion in Pennsylvania prior to Lynn.
“I came here for soccer, the weather, to be close to home, the international atmosphere and work op- portunities,” said Santillan.
Santillan felt South Flor- ida was best for his future and hopes to eventually live and work in Miami.
“I like the nice weather, that there is no security problems and the Latino environment,” said Santil- lan.
He is also thinking of moving to California. When he makes that decision, being far from home will not be new to him.
“I left home when I was 14 to attend a boarding school, so I’m already used to not being home that much,” said Santillan. His boarding school experience helped him live away from Mexico City and has prepared him for his future life in America.
Back home, Santillan did not take part in as many activities as he does while attending Lynn.
“It is not as accessible at home as it is here,” said Santillan.
For him, America has an abundance of opportuni- ties.
“There are differences in language, study and sports opportunities,” said Santillan.
He came here to play soccer and knew he would receive a special type of education. However, he sees some similarities in weather, class times and dress codes.
While Santillan points out that Mexico City is the largest city in the world it lacks something that he finds here at Lynn.
“My favorite part about Lynn is having friends from all around the world,” San- tillan said.
Santillan enjoys the di- versity Lynn has to offer and takes full advantage of making friends. As a tour guide for the Office of Admission he is familiar with meeting new people.