Luiza Goncalves Oliveira Benvenuti

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Where are you from and what do you miss most about home?

I am from the south of Brazil, a small city called Brusque in the state of Santa Catarina. Something I thought I wouldn’t miss much but now it makes a lot of a difference is the ocean. My city is super close to the coast, so I only need a 45min drive to get to the closest beach and I think I always took that for granted. Now that I am in the middle of the U.S., I miss the calm it would make me feel. I also miss the food! My grandpa’s stake is the best and my parents make some real good food too. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

What are you studying and how did you choose this path?

I am a Psychology major with minors in Communication Studies and Global Leadership. Since a young age I knew I wanted to study psychology. I was always curious about the reason behind actions and decisions. My mom used to say that I never got out of the “why” phase since that would be the word I would use most often at home. The idea of understanding behavior always interested me and over the years, learning about motivation and development actually helped me see situations from different perspectives. I am currently undecided on what exactly I will do with my psychology degree, but I know that wherever I end up in, I will be helping others somehow.

What experience has helped you grow the most?

I think that my almost 3 years of experience with Career Services has helped me grow in a lot of different ways. I learned to be more confident about my skills and what I have to offered, improved the way I connect and speak with others, developed even more my teamwork and public speaking skills, and most importantly, I realized that I can help other students see how important and unique each of their skills are, what types of experience will help them develop new ones, and how to best portray their attributes on job applications. Career Services has shown me that I can always come up with different ways to help others.

What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow international students around career development?

It is never too early to start. The earlier you start, the less stressed you will be since you will understand the steps you need to take to achieve your career goals. It will start feeling natural to you to share your goals with others and receive help along the way. Searching for a job is like a marathon and if you start preparing yourself beforehand and coming up with different plans if one of them don’t go your way, you will feel like there are options for you which is 100% true. You already came all the way to the U.S., so embrace your possibilities! Where do you want to go next? A different city, state, country? Career Services is here to help you!