Hailing from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jose Mendez ’14 was drawn to Hamilton because of its reputation as an exceptional liberal arts college, as well as its renowned programs in writing and speaking. But he soon found that the personable, knowledgeable professors are the College’s most distinguishing feature.
Mendez says that Hamilton professors know students by their first names and truly care about their academic and social experience. Philosophy Professor Richard Werner stands out as one of his most influential professors, challenging his students to think in critical ways. “He has taught me to be more tolerant, to think outside conforming views and to accept a new philosophy of life,” the French and psychology double major says.
Outside of class, Mendez is an active volunteer, working to better the Hamilton community and beyond. He has participated in two Alternative Spring Break trips and teaches English through Project Shine. Mendez says that volunteering has “given me the opportunity to create social change and to bring into action the ideal of a society I believe in.” He is also an active member of Tropical Sol, a Latin-based performance dance group, and Rainbow Alliance, an organization that provides support for gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the Hamilton community.
After Hamilton, Mendez plans to continue his education in a counseling or clinical psychology graduate program. He has already gained a strong sense of independence by living in another country for four years and gained a great body of knowledge in multiple fields of study — all the while honing his communication skills. He says he is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to pursue his education at such a prestigious institution as Hamilton.