Carrillo —a junior majoring in both political science and sociology with a minor in peace and justice studies at the University of San Diego — was most recently accepted under a prestigious Fulbright United States-United Kingdom exchange award to study at the Fulbright Summer Institute at Roehampton University in London.
This five-week, all-expenses paid summer study trip will take her and 12 other students from the United States to historic and iconic sites all over the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, she said.
“I’m going to be taking classes at Roehampton University that have an international relations and human rights focus,” said the 19-year-old USD student.
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She said visiting the European Union Administrative Headquarters is “really exciting for me because in Model United Nations I’ve had a lot of different experiences to research different countries and the (EUAH).”
“I have no idea (what’s it going to be like) but I’m so excited,” she said. “It still hasn’t hit me yet that I have to pack and go but as they send us more information and my international student ID card, it’s starting to sink in that I’m part of the Fulbright family.”
The Fulbright Commission — part of a program to promote leadership, learning and empathy among nations through educational exchange — chose Carrillo after a rigorous and highly competitive application process; a detail that did not escape the notice of her mother and local teacher Angela Carrillo.
“I’m just thrilled for her and so proud of her and excited that she’s getting all these opportunities to travel the world and experience things,” she said.
Through the 19-year-old’s various and impressive activities throughout her high school and college career, she has been able to travel, study, compete, present and volunteer in San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Tijuana. She said the Fulbright US/UK exchange will be her first time overseas.
“I think (Sophia’s accomplishments) encourage everyone down here in the Valley, especially students who never thought they could go to college,” her mother said. “It definitely impacted my other two daughters.”
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