The Rebel Advantage

Segment #1 from University of Nevada, Las Vegas


I’d like you to meet Caren. She’s double majoring in marketing and international business with a focus on economics and a double minor in Brookings Public Policy and global entrepreneurship, and believe it or not, with all the studying she does, she still made time to do some amazing things on campus. Caren, tell us your story.

Thanks, Alex. Hi, everybody. For as long as I can remember, education has meant everything to my family and me. UNLV is a thriving urban research institution whose mission is to not only provide excellent education, conduct meaningful research, and provide innovative partnerships, but give direct access to first generation and immigrant students like me. My collegiate memories are rooted in the beautiful people and traditions the campus has to offer. During my time here, I’ve helped start two student organizations, served on UNLV’s Pan Atlantic Council as a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and became UNLV’s first Filipino undergraduate student body president. From Rebel Royalty at UNLV homecoming to heading to Italy for global entrepreneurship, the irreplaceable opportunities and vibrant community here are why I’m proud to call UNLV my second home. UNLV is an R1 research institution where you learn from professors who are at the forefront of their disciplines. For me, this means cutting edge research with the best faculty who now serve as my greatest mentors. I’ve also been able to pursue my passion for public policy with the Brookings Public Policy minor, which is only available here at UNLV. It’s a unique program in collaboration with national experts and scholars from the Brookings Institution. UNLV is also an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander serving institution. Attending an institution committed to inclusivity has been a game changer for my education and future career. I’ve poured my heart into my degree, planned several campus events, and I even joke that we popularized the LV sign. UNLV has colored my world with beautiful shades of scarlet and gray, providing me with skills in communication, marketing, and policy that I never thought possible. So when people ask me why UNLV, I’ll tell them it’s because at UNLV, Rebels make it happen. Take it away, Alex.

Thanks for sharing, Caren. Your hard work and amazing experiences at UNLV have really set you up for success, both personally and professionally. You are the perfect example of how Rebels make it happen.

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