In October 2015, Adriana Acosta Nunn had the trip of a lifetime when she went to New York City to anchor Laureate Live’s coverage of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2015 Annual Meeting, alongside Daniel Rubio Sanchez from Spain and Nelson David Bassey representing INTI. The trio made a tremendous impact as CGI anchors, which Laureate International Universities is eternally grateful.
Speaking exclusively with Laureate Connect, we managed to climb into the mind of the Mexican contingent of the student anchors, Adriana Acosta, who is currently studying Communications at Universidad del Valle de México and is a community leader in her local town, Veracruz, Mexico. This is what she had to say:
- What was the process to become an anchor for the CGI?
To become an anchor student I went through an application process that consisted of answering three questions and recording a two minute video where I talked about what distinguished me from other students and a little bit about myself.
Soon after, I received an email informing that I’d been selected for the next part of the application process, which was an online interview with the Laureate team. I prepared so much for that interview with flashcards and everything, but when the moment came, I thought: “You know what? I shouldn’t be nervous about this. Just be yourself”. Thank God everything went well, and a few days later I was informed that I’d been selected to be a Student Anchor.
- How did UVM help prepare you for the experience?
At UVM I had a lot of support from the International Office Director, Lucy Rodriguez. She was the one who told me about this opportunity and helped me prepare for it. I love her so much that I call her “Mom”. She’s been there for me since high school and has always supported me.
*Curious fact: She even lent some clothes for the grand CGI event!
- Where did you learn to speak English so well?
It’s a combination of many things. My whole family, except for my mom and my grandfather, live in the United States. Since I was very little (4 months old) I’ve had the opportunity to travel and utilize the language. I also spent a few months in kindergarten over there. And three years ago, I studied at a college in California for a year. Not to forget, I attended the best bilingual schools in my town during my youth.
- How was NYC experience?
It was my first time and it was amazing! I have never seen such a busy city. New York is beautiful and at night it is so bright and alive. Besides all the training and the time spent doing interviews and live broadcasts, we had the chance to go to the very top of the Empire State Building. The views were panoramic and we were able to see everything.
- Were there any interviewees that really made you think or inspired you?
I think all the interviewees were inspiring. Everyone we interviewed had different points of view and talked about different subjects. Due to this diversity I was inspired in many ways, just to mention a few:
President Bill Clinton: Even though his time as president came to an end over a decade ago, he is still concerned about global issues, what is happening around the world and looking at ways for a positive change.
Tin Ma Ma Htet: She is only 25 years old, and she is already making a big change in her community through her stories in Myanmar.
Ted Danson: He has been a very famous actor for many years. However, I didn’t know that he’s a very dedicated environmentalist, especially with ocean preservation.
Tulika Srivastava: I liked what she said about being an inspirational “tool” to help women reach their goals. She also strives for women’s rights to be respected across the globe.
- What was your biggest learning experience over the few days?
The experience taught me many things. I learned so much more about the most pressing issues facing the world today and how some of the most remarkable people are trying to solve them and make the world a better place. The fact I got an opportunity to talk to these people was amazing and very inspiring for me, personally. Another thing I learned is that it’s not as easy as it seems to be in front of a camera, to improvise and interview people live. It takes time and effort, and that’s only part of it; we had to research the people that we were going to interview and memorize important facts in order to give a good interview. That was for the interviews we knew were going to happen but we also had to interview people on the spot without any preparation; a decision taken within a minute. We therefore developed skills, such as studying information very quickly in order to perform outstandingly.
I learned about myself, too. I learned that if I push myself and believe in myself, I am capable of accomplishing great things, and I shouldn’t put myself down. We also had the opportunity to create bonds and relationships that will stay with us forever.
- Last but not least, were there any moments when you felt very nervous? If so, how did you overcome it?
There were lots of moments where I felt very nervous, particularly before an interview and the live broadcasts. Since we knew that we only had one chance to get it right, the pressure was on. I overcome it by believing in myself. I told myself that I was in NYC for a reason, because people believed I could do it, so I should too.
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