Ravely Arias has exhibited hard work and dedication when it comes to the pursuit of her education.
The college senior, who was born in the Dominican Republic, immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old. When her grandmother returned to their home country, Ravely decided to find a way to remain in the country and finish school.
Ravely’s dreams of becoming a lawyer specializing in immigration law or public policy have flourished at New Paltz, where she is studying international relations in the Political Science Department.
“When you really like something and you really want something, you become good at it,” the college senior said.
As a student in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Ravely has worked closely with EOP advisor Antonio Bonilla. She credits him with motivating her to not let an opportunity pass her by.
“He always has an answer for me when I have a question or concern,” she said.
In spring 2005, Ravely spent six weeks studying European Union politics and Latin American society at Middlesex University in London, as part of the study abroad program at New Paltz.
In the last year, Ravely has interned in the Albany and Bronx offices of a New York State assemblyman where she took the classroom lessons she learned about policy making and applied it to tracking legislation for the assemblyman.
“You really see it [the legislative process] in action,” she said. “It’s a great way to learn.”
After graduation, Ravely plans to work for a year in the same vain of her political internship and prepare for law school.
Laughter is the best medicine: Ravely likes to read humorous novels. She says that in addition to providing her with a good laugh, it is also a way for her to learn new words.
Breathe deep: She likes to calm her busy mind and unwind by meditating or listening to classical music.