Marcos Carvalho   Rotary International District 5950  Autobiography      Dear Global Grants Scholarship Committee,  I am Marcos Carvalho and my journey started 9 thousand miles away in Pirapora,                           Brazil, where I am originally from. During my third year of High School in Brazil I was invited                                   to apply for the unique chance of becoming a Rotary Exchange Student in a foreign                             country. I saw this as my opportunity
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  Marcos Carvalho Rotary International District 5950  Autobiography Dear Global Grants Scholarship Committee, I am Marcos Carvalho and my journey started 9 thousand miles away in Pirapora, Brazil, where I am srcinally from. During my third year of High School in Brazil I was invited to apply for the unique chance of becoming a Rotary Exchange Student in a foreign country. I saw this as my opportunity to improve academically and enhance my language skills. I wanted to be challenged. Leaving my comfort zone has really paid back. In August of 2009, I left Brazil to attend Apple Valley High School- where I completed my senior year and was nominated for  the Dean’s List for my academic excellence. I was elected ‘Creative Mind’ through the  Apple Valley Theater Club, and along with the EaglEye crew - a video news magazine completely produced by the students - I was the recipient of 2010 Upper Midwest Emmy.  At the end of my exchange year I left with a lot of the knowledge I planned on gaining: I improved more than just my academics, I developed leadership skills, teamwork, responsibility and work ethic. Based on the wonderful experience I had, and on the skills I gained, I decided to come back and pursue my bachelor’s degree in Minnesota. I was living the American dream. Rotary Exchange has had a strong impact in my life. I volunteered with the Youth Exchange Program in order to show my gratitude and give back. I aided the program that guided me by assisting with the selection and training of classes for outbound exchange students, as well as mentoring dozens of inbound international students during their year in the U.S. I also worked at Normandale Community College’s Center for Multicultural Services with a diverse group of international students. Through open houses, dialogue cafes, and discussions we promoted awareness, understanding and acceptance across   cultural lines and boundaries throughout campus and beyond. I recently graduated among the top of my class from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In May of 2014 I obtained my Bachelors of Arts with distinction in Political Science and a minor in French Studies. I went from being an intern at Senator Amy Klobuchar’s state office in May, to having interns as the DFL’s Latino Community Organizer in June - this was a drastic change for me. I manage political relationships in the field, and represent the campaign at various meetings and community events. I am doing this because I believe that civic responsibility is paramount to the success of democracy. But I also believe that being an active participant in one’s community and government is unfortunately a privilege at times. Latinos don’t have a large political voice in Minnesota. Many are ineligible to vote, while those who can vote often do not for a number of reasons. I am engaging my community through service learning, volunteering and civic education because if you are not at the table, you are on the menu. And I want the Latino youth to be fairly represented and to have the same opportunities that their peers do. Like many of them, I can’t vote, but that does not mean that my voice cannot be heard. I took this job because I wanted to make noise, registering latinos to vote and helping them cast their ballots. It’s been over five years since I first got off that airplane coming from Brazil, and I have met an array of people. But diversity is not just statistics, rather, it is an attitude. I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of the people I met along the way. I’ve been living with the same American host family for the past 3 years. They’ve become my comfort zone and I’m eternally grateful to them. When I first moved in, they asked me for one type of  payment; my time. I pay them back by sitting down at the kitchen table and talking to them every night - that is our “20 minute socializing” agreement, and I love it. They’ve helped me think critically and face all challenges that came my way. I learn from them everyday, as they are always helping me move forward.   1. A brief autobiography, no longer than two pages, describing a. Academic strengths and challenges b. Work experience c. Career objectives d. Your principal interests and activities and any leadership positions you have held. Indicate any training or experience in public speaking or community service.  
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