Maria Osorio Alvarenga

Maria Osorio Alvarenga

UWC attended: United World College of South East Asia (Singapore)
Class Year: 2027

My name is Marian, and I am a recent graduate of UWCSEA in Singapore. I was born in Paraguay, a small country in the heart of South America, and at the age of 17, I had the incredible opportunity to be part of this beautiful movement that is UWC, which without a doubt has been one of the most meaningful experiences in my life.

Due to my curious nature, my first months at UWC were focused on a relentless pursuit of extracurricular activities. I tried every activity and sport that I had not had the opportunity to do in my country, and this brought me to gain interest in volleyball and pottery, activities that later on became not only a healthy way of coping with the demands of the IB but also a way to bond with new people and make friends. Looking back on my UWC experience, the bonds I was able to build with other students throughout the 2 years of IB are by far one of the greatest takeaways from my experience.

As for my college decision, my intention was to find a place that not only had good academics, but where I would also feel at home; the geographical location of Portland seemed to me to be the perfect mix between a metropolitan area and the tranquillity that nature provides, and this together with the strong social and community focus made Lewis & Clark College my natural choice.

About my career choices, I am planning on studying psychology as I have always been interested in everything surrounding human behavior, and maybe combine this with computer science. Outside of class, I am planning on joining clubs where I can explore my artistic side, and if possible continue with pottery or activities of the same nature.

This is a very exciting opportunity for me, as a first-generation College student, I cannot express in words how much this accomplishment means to me and my family, and I look forward to making Lewis and Clark an incredible experience.