Marcus Alburez Myers, junior
Major: Finance, Philosophy minor
Hometown: Antigua, Guatemala
Marcus is taking full advantage of opportunities that put the Jesuit values of education of the whole person and the promotion of Justice into practice. He was a member of three ASLMU committees and is the vice president of the rugby team. Marcus also led an Alternative Break trip to his home country of Guatemala. An exemplary global citizen, he lived in LMU’s International House of People and developed a health care project as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University.
How did you adjust to the LMU culture?
I came to LMU determined to pursue my goals and in the process discovered who I truly am. At the age of 10 I left Guatemala for the first time, and ever since I have been living in different places. Moving frequently taught me to quickly and almost seamlessly adapt to a new environment and made me an expert in switching hats. While these are often perceived as helpful skills, it made me unsure of my identity. But the atmosphere at LMU was different, promoted self-discovery and reflection through which I created a sense of identity that is centered around social justice and spirituality.
What is most important to you as a leader in the international student community?
International students come from all over the world with a variety if values instilled in them, but often we feel compelled to adapt to the American culture. As an Orientation Leader, it is my job to me to help students navigate the LMU culture. It is also important to me support them in striking a balance between adaptability, holding on to their cultural backgrounds and still having enough room to discover new things about themselves that are independent of nationality.
What achievement makes you proud?
Promoting sustainable health care in indigenous communities and third world countries has always been my calling. It stemmed from an awareness of the injustice in those communities in which the rich are privileged to be vaccinated, medicated, and treated and the poor aren’t. At LMU I had the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative for Universities (CGIU), through which I received funding to launch my project. I teamed up with a Nobel Peace Prize winning foundation in Guatemala, and together we provided Malaria medications to one of the indigenous community. LMU gave me the access to CGIU and its incredible network and resources, but more importantly, it gave me the tools to actualize my potential and believe in my abilities.