Tomás Cox (2021) is Hispanic Studies’ Student Focus for October, 2020:
Mr. Cox, a double major in Political Science and Spanish—with concentrations in politics, philosophy and law—has certainly not wasted time since arriving at CofC, keeping himself quite occupied as a member of the College’s Division I Men’s Soccer Team, as well as serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2018-Present) and volunteering at Northwood Church (2017-Present).
At the same time that he has been involved in such activities, Tomás has managed to study abroad (going to Seville, Spain during the 2019-2020 academic year) and even get a bit of studying done (as is evidenced by his appearing on the President’s List, the Dean’s List, being a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society, of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, etc.).
For all of the above-mentioned accomplishments—and many other reasons—the Department of Hispanic Studies is proud to have Tomás among its many talent majors.
In his own words…
I love and am passionate about every aspect of the Hispanic Culture! I love the language, the music, the art, the sports, and most of all, I love the people. I’m blessed to feel passionate about something and I have my gap year to thank for it. After high school, I took a gap year and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was, to date, the best experience I have ever had. I traveled and learned a lot about the culture and life. What I will most appreciate about my time there is the lifelong friends I made and the experiences we shared. It’s because of that experience that I decided to make Hispanic Studies my home at CofC. I wanted to stay close to the culture and continue to grow with it.
Choosing Hispanic Studies as a major gave me a deeper appreciation for the culture. The Spanish professors have grown my passion and enthusiasm for the language and culture. They taught me the history while polishing my language and grammar skills. But they have also challenged me to take risks by studying abroad. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where I saw the monuments, history, and literature that I learned about from my professors.
It’s thanks to all these experiences – Study abroad, Spanish heritage, Political Science, and Hispanic Studies – that I have decided on a career that will help immigrants and refugees. I will pursue a law degree with the plan to do pro bono work with the Hispanic community by assisting with citizenship, working visa, or any other legal affairs. By utilizing my Hispanic Studies experience, I will be able to aid my Hispanic community in the United States.