Student Voices

Andrea Ornelas

Andrea Ornelas

MIM '16

Q: What skills are you building in the D'Amore-McKim MIM program that you will use in your future career?

A: One of the most valuable skills I am building through the MIM program is my global leadership skills. I am building my cultural awareness, developing leadership competencies, and gaining self-awareness. By doing so I will be a stronger candidate for the future workforce.

Q: What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the MIM program?

A: If you are looking for a program that offers an enriching opportunity to travel abroad and work with top universities around the world while earning a master’s degree in less than two years, then stop looking because you found it! The MIM program has added so much value to my academic career and has allowed me to build on long lasting relationships both domestically and internationally.

Q: Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MIM program?

A: Northeastern University is one of the top universities in Boston, known for its excellent programs and network. I knew that choosing to participate in the D’Amore-McKim MIM program would grant me the opportunity for rapid career advancement and an enriching experience.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A: For the future, I would like continue my research interests with mental health, as well as use my experiences and findings to found a non-profit organization focused on helping and empowering indigenous women of Latin America. The non-profit organization would provide culturally responsive resources, such as linking them to micro loans that can fund their local enterprises, which I have seen as opportunities to mitigate the effects of exploitation, poverty, abuse, and war.


Read how Andrea was recently recognized as an influential young Latino leader.