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Student Spotlight: Alejandra C. Salinas


Graduate/Professional Student Spotlight: Alejandra C. Salinas
Boston College Law School candidate, Graduation expected 2015

Alejandra grew up:
I grew up in Laredo, a small community on the Texas and Mexico border. Growing up on the border, I had the opportunity to experience an incredible mixture of Mexican and American culture that helped me form a strong understanding of my cultural background. 

Undergraduate Institution:
I attended the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and studied Management. My great grandfather came to this country with nothing but a dream and a desire to work hard. He went on to build one of the most successful Hispanic-owned businesses of his time in Texas. His strong mind for business inspired me while growing up, and when choosing my major, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of his success by building a strong foundation for business. The university is full of incredibly supportive and welcoming individuals. Whether it is a fellow student or professor, I have grown so much through the diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Alejandra’s life pre-BC:
From August 2010 through September 2012, I served as the first Hispanic President of the College Democrats of America, the official youth arm of the Democratic Party. During my tenure, CDA experienced membership group, hosted conventions with record attendance, increased investments in state organizations, and provided battleground states with access to Blue State Digital, the online organizing tool used by the Obama campaign. In May 2011, I delivered one of four remarks nominating Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Chair of the Democratic National Committee. In addition, I also served as the Vice Chair of the DNC Youth Council. Most recently, I was a super delegate and addressed the floor at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, September 6, 2012, in a nationally broadcast speech. In those roles I’ve had the privilege to serve as a surrogate for the President on various national outlets including Teen Vogue, USA Today, MTV, CNN, Politico, The Advocate, Univision, and Telemundo.

What led Alejandra to Boston College:
I spent 10 years attending a catholic school and since have always possessed a connection to my faith. The opportunity to attend a Jesuit law school was something that was important to me. When I visited the law school in the spring, I was incredibly impressed by the faculty and the feel of the student body. I’m pleased to say that the law school has met and surpassed all my expectations.

Alejandra’s experience at BC:
It seems like BC Law is incredibly unique in terms of culture. Students are not participating in this cutthroat law school persona, but rather students are actively working to help one another and making the law school experience beneficial not only for themselves but each other.

Alejandra’s current projects:
Currently I’m doing my best to just focus on classes, but I recently attended the Lambda retreat and have had a fantastic time making friends and learning so much from the BC Law LGBT community.

Alejandra’s Hobbies:
Apart from school and politics, I absolutely love food. During my undergraduate career, I visited Israel and Taiwan and enjoying new cuisines was one of the best parts of the trips. Living in Austin for four years, I also had the chance to enjoy an incredible live music scene and hope to do the same in Boston.

Post-graduation plans:
I hope to pursue a career as a lifetime criminal prosecutor.

Parting words/advice to those interested in pursuing a similar career path:
One of my best friends and mentors taught me one of the most important things in one’s career is not let the urgent overwhelm the important. That can mean different things for different people, but it’s always important to make sure you don’t lose sight of your priorities.

Fun fact about Alejandra:
You can read more about Alejandra in the recent BC Chronicle article featuring her address to the Democratic National Convention: /content/bc/publications/chronicle/FeaturesNewsTopstories/2012/features/dnc092012.html

Listen to Alejandra’s DNC address here: