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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:15am

Mercy College junior mathematics major Raquel Miller ’13 spent the spring 2011 academic semester studying abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She ended up receiving an unforgettable education in political upheaval and globally-impactful events, as she found herself in the midst of the Arab Spring and the popular revolution that toppled the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

“Being in Egypt during the revolution and witnessing events one would normally see on TV has changed my views on life as well as how I see myself as a person,” said Miller.

Immersing herself in another culture and in a historically significant moment impacted Miller’s views of herself and the world.  

“Living in Egypt for six months and watching people fight and die for the things that I take for granted, such as freedom of speech and the right to vote as a woman, has opened my eyes drastically,” said Miller.

Miller, of Jamaican descent, serves as Events Coordinator for the Mercy College Caribbean Student Association (CSA) and is considering employment opportunities with the CIA that will allow her to work in the Middle East or within the field of Actuarial Science while pursuing her degree in the Mercy College School of Liberal Arts. She is also currently enrolled in an Arabic language course.

“I now believe that if we want to see a change in the world, we need to start within ourselves,” said Miller.