Edgar Saucedo attended Goshen College as an undergraduate student and earned a B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In 2014, he earned a Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership at GC. Read more about Edgar’s amazing journey to Goshen College and beyond.
What do you like most about Goshen and why?
Everyone is welcomed. Even as someone from a non-Mennonite background, I feel like part of the GC family. Many of us here did not know of a place where we would be welcome until we found Goshen, where we were welcomed with open arms.
Why did you choose to come to Goshen College?
I chose Goshen because of the financial support I received from the Center for Intercultural and International Education (CIIE). After my first year of undergrad study, I decided to stay because of the welcoming campus and Goshen College’s values. After graduating, I decided to come back to earn an M.A. in Intercultural Leadership. I’m passionate about intercultural leadership, and I know GC is the place for passionate learners and global citizens!
How has Goshen College influenced your faith or worldview?
Going to GC as a Roman Catholic student has made me reflect on what it means to have a relationship with our Lord. GC made my relationship with God stronger, and I am now more appreciative of my religion and my faith.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I have a B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for grades K-12, and with that I hope to provide the best education experience for immigrants in the Goshen community. Soon, I will have my M.A. in Intercultural Leadership, and I hope to provide organizations with improved missions or goals in regards to diversity in their workforce. Social justice is a huge part of my postgraduate study, and I want to continue working toward social justice wherever my expertise is needed.
What advice would you give to a prospective student?
GC will welcome you, and its community will become your family. Everyone here will care for your academic and personal well-being. Goshen will ensure your success in everything you set your mind to, and people here will be the best support system you will have.
What has been an influential experience at GC for you?
Knowing people that genuinely cared for me and continue to care after my graduation is something you don’t get at any other college or university. I still have regular communication with my undergrad professors and staff. These people have become family, and they will be there when I need them. Rebecca Hernandez, former CIIE Director, was a role model who encouraged me to continue pursuing my goals and aspirations. She cared about my academics as well as my personal life. Ross Peterson-Veatch, associate vice president for academic affairs, also encouraged me to continue working hard to achieve my goals. Rebecca and Ross are the reasons I’m continuing to further my career. Thanks to them, I am almost finished with my M.A.