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International Student Profile: Ligia Gomez Franco

1. What is your full name?
My full name is Ligia Esperanza Gomez Franco.  Gomez is my dad’s last name and Franco is my mother’s last name.

2. Where are you from originally?
I am from Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

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3. What is your major?
I am a second year doctoral student in the Developmental and Educational Psychology program at Lynch School of Education.

4. Why did you decide to come to BC?
I first came to the US as a Fulbright scholar to complete a Master’s degree. From the list they gave me, I chose three universities and BC was my top choice because I heard good things about it from various sources and because I really liked Boston when I visited a couple of years prior.

5. What is your favorite place in Boston?
Boston has so many great places! I think my favorite one is the Esplanada by the Charles River. During the day time it is a great place to take a walk and relax and at night you can enjoy the skyline especially when walking on the Memorial Drive side of the river—it could be really romantic.

6. What's your favorite book?
I think I have different authors that I enjoy such as Malcon Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and Pablo Neruda’s 20 Poemas de Amor y Una Cancion Desesperada.

7. What are some of your hobbies?
My number one hobby is salsa dancing! I try to go salsa dancing whenever possible and I am hoping to resume the salsa classes I used to teach at the Murray Graduate Center within the next weeks. Dancing relaxes me and makes me happy.

8. What is your favorite food?
My mother’s food! Well, I really don’t have a specific one that I can say it is my favorite—I usually enjoy all types of foods. What I can definitely tell you is that my favorite desert is Ice cream!!

9. What is your favorite city to visit or live?

My favorite city to visit is Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico. There is a beach close to the light house in Cabo Rojo that has the most amazing turquoise water and the best sunset I have ever seen.  Now, if you couple a good job to that scenery… I could definitively live there.


10. What is your favorite thing about BC?

I like the sense of community at BC; more specifically, being in the Developmental and Educational Psychology department, because the faculty members are really supportive of the students. They all work together either formally or informally collaborating in their research and are diligent about working along with their doctoral students in research and publications.