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Xun Mendez

Student at Lawrence University majoring in East Asian Studies/ Government

I grew up in the tropical rainforest of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. Surrounded by the rich Maya culture, both ancient and contemporary, I learned about my heritage by visiting the Maya ruins, where my father worked as an archeologist as well as the village he is from up in the highlands. As a child of parents who participated in the largest reforestation project in the state of Chiapas, I watched hundreds of trees grow up all around me. Now, the canopy is big enough for families of howler monkeys to pass overhead. 

In high school I came to the US, in hopes it would prepare me enough for college. I attended a high school with a strong language program, and a diverse international student body. I began learning Chinese, and doors opened up. I traveled to Taiwan during Junior Year of high school, as part of a student exchange program. The year following, I was invited by the Maya Exploration Center (MEC) to act as an International Trilingual Youth Liaison in the Huston Association for Space and Science Education's (HASSE) Maya Civilization program. For the past two summers, I have worked with my father as a guide, liaison and translator to a group of Taiwanese Students learning about Mayan culture, architecture and math.

I graduated high school in 2012 and was accepted to Lawrence University. Currently, I am a Sophmore. I am a member of the Lawrence International Board, I am one of the head lifeguards, and am an active member of the Swing Dancing Club on campus. Lawrence offers incredible academics, and off-campus study.

This year, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Sustainable China: Integrating Commerce, Culture and Conservation field study program through Lawrence University. At Lawrence University, I plan on double majoring in East Asian Studies/ Government focused in International Relations and will minor in Chinese (Mandarin Language). 

Next summer and fall, I will study abroad in China, and will search for opportunities for work after college during December. 

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Austin's Xun Mendez Participates in Special Study Trip to China

Xun Mendez, son of Susan Prins, Austin, and Alonso Mendez, Palenque, Mexico, is participating in an 18-day study trip to China during Lawrence University's fall term recess. A sophomore at Lawr...

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