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b.a., sociology and french, honors
student, new york university school of law


Chloe Vargas decided that Boston College was probably the place for her after seeing the gothic structures of the Heights for the first time during a visit while in high school, and concluding that this is what a university ought to look like. On top of that, “Downtown Boston is 10 minutes away, but you have a nook of your own, on Chestnut Hill. It’s the best of both worlds,” she says.

But she was able to learn much more about the University during Discovery Weekend, which offers an opportunity for AHANA applicants to talk with current students and meet professors and administrators, as well as attend presentations on admissions and financial aid. “It gives students a glimpse of college life and creates solidarity among students” bound for Boston College, Vargas says of the four-day program sponsored annually by the admissions office.

Having entered Boston College as a political science major, Vargas quickly realized that her curiosities were better satisfied in the field of sociology: “I was fascinated by everyday things that affect you, including products, people, and settings.”

Some of her favorite intellectual pursuits took place beyond the classroom. For example, she was co-editor of the Sabor Art and Literary Magazine, published by the Organization of Latin American Affairs (OLAA), one of the largest and oldest ethnic-related organizations at Boston College. As vice president of the organization, Vargas helped organize panel discussions on matters ranging from U.S. immigration policy to Latino identity, and performances highlighting Latino styles of dance, music, and theatre.

Latin American food was a staple of the events, and partly because of Vargas’s own efforts at inclusiveness, many non-Hispanics turned out on these occasions. The broad participation helped bridge gaps between different groups on campus as well as promote greater appreciation of Latino culture.

Referring to her interactions with many kinds of people at Boston College, Vargas says, “I learned that diversity is more than race. It’s not what you check off in a box. It’s whether you grew up in a city or a suburb, what you like to eat. It’s many things. That’s diversity, for me.”

She plans to attend law school after working for a year in New York. There are two other things she knows about her future aspirations. “I’d like to teach,” she says, “and I want to make the world a lot better.”