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September 2013 Student of the Month

Jaquelinee Murillo

Meet Jaquelinne Murillo, CHASS student of the month.

Hometown: Mexico; then Kannapolis, NC

Class:  Senior

Major:  International Studies (Latin America concentration)

Minors: Anthropology; French

Sample Courses:

  • Arts, Ideas & Values
  • French Phonetics
  • Tourism, Culture & Anthropology


  • Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Spring 2013
  • Intern, Mexican Consulate (Raleigh, NC): Summer 2012
  • Participant, Washington DC Alternative Fall Break (service-oriented): October 2012
  • Founding Sister, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority: 2010-present
  • Member, Mi Familia, 2010-12
  • Volunteer Liaison, SKEMA (French business school) students studying at NC State, August 2011-present
  • Counselor, NC State Hispanic/Latino Symposium, August 2011 & 2012
  • Director of Recruitment, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, 2010-12
  • Mentor, READ to LEAD, Fall 2012

Honors: Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship Recipient, 2010-present

Postgraduate Plans: Law school, with an initial idea of pursuing immigration law.

What have been your favorite courses so far and who has influenced you most? Introduction to International Studies, with Dr. Carol Lewald, led me to realize what I really wanted to do in college. Modern Mexico with Professor Nicholas Robins and Andean South America with Dr. Tim Wallace have also been significant courses in my major. Dr. Nora Haenn is my academic advisor and has helped me tie together my academic and professional goals. Her research interests me, and she is very knowledgeable; it is a privilege to have such great, intelligent conversations with her.

Why did you select CHASS, and what do you enjoy most about the college? I chose CHASS because I knew I wanted to work with people; to learn with them and from them, and bring my own experiences to the table. I really enjoy the conversations and interactions that take place in my CHASS classes. There are a lot of debates and interesting ideas tossed around.

What advice would you give incoming students? Remember why you are here – get involved, and make the most of your college experience. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment. My career goals changed from Political Science to Engineering and finally to International Studies. Now, after taking the time to explore, I am on the career path that is right for me.