Nicolás Torres Vieira

Nationality: Chile
Program: One-year MAPP
Graduated: 2014
Current job: Atlas Corps Fellow/Job Developer at Latin American Youth Center
Location: Washington D.C., United States

Beyond Work

+1. What is your favorite city in the world?

Rome. All that chaos, Vespas, and history together is simply irresistible.

+2. What was your dream job when you were ten years old?

I wanted to be a marine biologist. I spent hours and hours watching Jacques Cousteau documentaries.

+3. Who is your role model?

I don't have one role model, but I've felt inspired many times by migrants in general. I think everyone who has the courage to leave his/her homeland to pursue a better future for themselves or their families deserves to be called a hero.

+4. What helps you wake up on Monday mornings?

Some good Latin rock, especially Soda Stereo.

1. What led you to study public policy at CEU?

I was looking for three things when I decided to apply for a master's program abroad: the chance to experience a multicultural environment, the opportunity to live in a part of the world with a compelling history, and academic excellence. After doing some research, I realized that CEU met all my criteria. It was the perfect fit for me.

2. What do you remember most about your time at CEU?

Studying and living in one of the most incredible cities in the world. The opportunity to meet people from all around the planet was definitely another highlight of my experience at CEU.

3. What have you been engaged in professionally since graduating from CEU?

I was granted the prestigious Atlas Corps Fellowship. This fellowship brings together social leaders from all around the world, particularly developing countries, to contribute to the development of the non-profit sector in the United States. I had the chance to work with alienated and low-income youth from the Washington metropolitan area, putting them in touch with professional and educational opportunities to improve their economic futures.

4. How have your policy studies at CEU contributed to your career?

By giving me a more analytical and critical eye. Having studied public policy at CEU, I can see the big picture and take into consideration factors that I didn't consider before. Part of my job is to assess local public policies regarding youth re-engagement and workforce investment. Having a background in policy studies definitely allows me to analyze such issues more deeply.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Pursuing a career in the public sector or in a think tank in Chile working on employment policies, focusing on how to re-engage all those hundreds of thousands of youth that don't study or work. The current situation represents tremendous harm for the economy and the fabric of society.

6. Do you have any advice for current students?

Study hard but also have fun. Don't be afraid of engaging in deep conversations, opening your eyes, and getting rid of prejudices.

7. What is your favorite thing to do in Budapest?

Climbing Gellért Hill in time to see the sunset from the top. When you see the lights of Budapest, you realize you're in the perfect place at the perfect time.

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