Mark Gomez Why political science and international studies?

My name is Mark Gomez, I am 21 years old and I am a Political Science Major and an International Studies Minor at the University of Miami.

I am a first generation American born to Cuban refugees. My grandparents, both paternal and maternal, fled Cuba in the height of the revolution. They ultimately came to the United States to seek a life far from the government controlled life they lived in Cuba. Both sets of grandparents refused to look back as they were here to give my brothers, cousins and me a better and freer life.

Pictured are my grandparents, parents and brothers (from top right: Middle Brother, Alex, Oldest Brother, Matthew, Me, Father, Fernando. Middle from left: Mother, Laura, Maternal Grandmother, Maria, Paternal Grandfather, Jose, Paternal Grandmother, Lourdes. Bottom: Maternal Grandfather, Roger.)

My passion lies in Public Service. It is for this reason that I chose Political Science as my major. I have had some wonderful experiences including congressional internships, campaign internships and jobs, and even being able to hold a position as an elected official.

Photo from when I was an Intern for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (Center) with Rick Bravo of the Coast Guard (Left - Cousin of mine) and me (Right)
Photo from my internship with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Left) on the Capitol Steps in Washington, D.C.
Photo from when I was a County Leader for the Marco Rubio for President Campaign

Politics is my passion and I hope that this course on Refugees and Migrants opens my eyes to the constant struggles that face migrants and refugees each day. My favorite part of my internships with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made me appreciate constituent work. I love connecting with people and helping to the best of my ability.

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