Rogelio Cerezo is originally from Panama City, Panama. A proud immigrant and citizen of the United States, he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Economics & Security Studies from Dickinson College. He lives in Miami, Florida, where he has worked in counseling and higher education at Keiser University. Having enrolled in the M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School, he seeks to concentrate on security and international development issues, specifically in international education. Rogelio attributes his interest in security and international development following past experiences working in rural Panama. In his spare time, Rogelio is an avid reader, enjoys films, soccer, and even though it might be hard to believe, he is also a Marlins and Phillies fan.
What has been your most rewarding academic experience so far?
During my senior year at Dickinson College, I participated in a senior seminar, which explored global political theories. As opposed to basing our analysis of international political theories solely from western derived texts or historical interpretations, we read texts that emanated directly from the cultures we sought to analyze, which informed our understanding in a way that was respectful to each country’s unique identity. In particular, I remember this experience helped me better comprehend the political culture of countries such as India and China, which I had previously not been as exposed to as other regions of the world.
What are you looking forward to about living in the DMV? (DC/Maryland/Virginia)
I’m looking forward to the constant exposure to intellectually stimulating conversations with people from around the country and the world, in addition to, attending lectures and conferences on a variety of topics. That being said, I also aspire to go beyond the popular monuments and tourist sites and getting to know more about DMV culture from residents and natives. I must admit a stop that will definitely be taking place will be to Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in order to try a delicious chili burger, and if I’m feeling adventurous, a milkshake too.
What’s on your summer bucket list before coming to the Elliott School?
Well, aside from actively exploring and applying for jobs/internships in DC, I hope to catch up on my summer reads! There are a few books that I have been meaning to read for some time, such as: Enlightenment Now by Stephen Pinker, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, World Order by Henry Kissinger, and a classic and personal favorite which I haven’t read in years, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Lastly, I will definitely be watching as many World Cup soccer matches as possible!
If you could splurge on one gift for yourself, what would it be and why?
That’s an easy question! One of my bucket list items is to set foot on every continent so I would definitely say investing in a trip around the world. Especially going into a field as international affairs, I believe the best way to fully gain a global perspective is by direct exposure to the day-to-day realities of people worldwide. Only by directly embracing the beauty and the hardship of our shared human experience, can well-informed, creative, and effective international policymaking take place.
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