Paulina Otero Sequeiros

Country of Origin


Level of Study

Undergraduate; Junior

Neuroscience & Biochemistry

What do you like most about CMU?
The community; everyone is nice and willing to help. Also, there are a lot of opportunities at Central to grow academically and personally. It is fun to be immersed in a different and diverse culture.

Did you face any culture shock (Academic, Personal, ...) when you arrived in CMU or in the United States?
Yes, the academic system and some of the social practices are slightly different.

What resources did you use here on campus to help overcome the challenges you mentioned above?
The Office of International Affairs, success coaches, students, and professors all helped me overcome challenges.

Tell us about any hobbies or activities you enjoy.
I enjoy doing academic research and spending time with friends. I also love being an active participant in volunteer opportunities around campus.

What do you miss most about your home country?
My family, friends and food.

What advice would you give to International Students just arriving to CMU?
Take advantages of the opportunities that CMU offers. Try to meet as many different kind of people as you can, it makes it a lot more fun and you get to learn a lot.

Fun Facts about Paulina

Participated in the Mary Ellen Brandell Alternative Breaks program

Enjoys studying in the green space near the Brooks Hall greenhouse (pictured above)

Likes taking road trips with friends

Plays piano

Visited 12 states in the U.S.

Interview conducted by Habeebat Diaw, graduate assistant with the Office of International Affairs, Ronan 330.