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AdrianaAdriana Golindano will be putting her Global Studies degree to good use when she serves as the UNC-US representative to the Expo Milano 2015. Adriana graduated from UNC in May 2014 with a dual degree in Global Studies (concentration in international politics, nation-states, and social movements) and History and a minor in Italian. She studied abroad in Bologna during her third year, taking courses in Italian culture, politics, and history. Since graduating, Adriana has been working for a CPA firm in Coral Gables, Florida as an HR assistant. This spring, she will be representing UNC and the United States at the World’s Fair Milan Expo 2015, which has adopted the core theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

During her time at UNC, Adriana volunteered for Feed My Starving Children and became very aware of the need and importance of food both within the United States and abroad. Because she believes strongly in the importance of nutrition, she says, “I felt it was time to become more concerned with how I could help the globe.” For her application essay and video, she was asked to define and discuss why nutrition was important. Having learned a great deal about social movements in various global studies courses, she discussed the importance of food through the lens of its impact on culture. Adriana says, “As a Latina in the US, my mother’s meals were what helped me feel closer to my heritage. I strongly believe national cuisine is completely connected to culture and ensuring individuals around the world have access to food will guarantee the continuance of self-expression through it, which then encourages the preservation of culture.” She is excited to attend the Expo and be “a part of this history-in-the-making.”