My name is Juliana Trujillo Mesa and I’m a global citizen pursuing a meaningful college experience to help me become the change maker and peace builder I want to be.
They say that all roads lead to Rome. In my case, the roads I’ve taken have led me to John Cabot University of Rome, and here’s how:
Growing up in both Colombia and El Salvador until I was 18 led me to explore my identity in terms of what meant to be a Latino woman in the world. In 2017, I had the joy of becoming a United World College of India Alumni. Spending two years in India while being part of an international student body that lives by the mission of making education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future, deeply shaped both my identity and sense of home. From that moment onwards, home to me became a place full of people with different mother tongues, skin colors, cultures, ethnicities, sexualities, beliefs, and talents. Since I have made all my life decisions in congruence with my identity as a global citizen and my deep sense of service.
Shortly after graduation, I decided on taking a gap year to put to test all I learned in India and embark on a journey of self-discovery. Fortunately, I was selected to become a Fellow in the Global Citizen Year program, which entitled living in Brazil for a year in service of my community in rural Santa Catarina. There, I worked in the public school system, became a member of a wonderful family in a quilombo community, and became fluent in Portuguese.
After having a meaningful year in Brazil, I came back to Colombia to support my family which has supported me in every possible way throughout all my ventures. This period allowed me to consider what going to college meant to me, and as a result, I found that having a rich and holistic educational experience that prepares me with tools to better serve others and form me as a human being is what I strive for. Opportunely, I have been accepted to the place I believe will provide me with such experience, this place is the John Cabot University of Rome.
Studying at John Cabot University (JCU) will allow me to pursue an internationally certified undergraduate degree in Humanistic Studies while living in Rome, a city rich in history, culture and human makeup. Becoming a JCU student means being part of a community which values global citizenship, prioritizes experiential learning and focuses on forming international change makers. It is my goal to take advantage of this unique opportunity and to give it my best! To reach this goal, I need your help.
JCU has contributed to my journey by awarding me two scholarship awards that will cover up to 60% of my yearly tuition. Currently, I’m in the process of obtaining a student loan to help me cover the rest of my tuition. However, in the meanwhile, I must pay my enrollment and housing fees which amount to 1500 euros (1780 USD). The deadline to pay my enrollment fee is May 1st and my housing fee is due on June 1st. I will wholeheartedly appreciate your contribution to my enrollment fees. No matter the amount, every contribution helps!
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Thank you for reading my story and please don’t hesitate to share it with anyone you think would resonate with it and could be willing to help me too!
All the best,
Juliana Trujillo Mesa
P.S. Please don't hesitate on contacting me if you would like to know more.
 Quilombo: a community initially founded by runaway slaves in Brazil.