Although sophomore government and politics major Luisa Beltran Rey doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do quite yet, there is no doubt about her passion to solve some of our world’s most pressing problems.

“One of my biggest passions is advocating for the environment, [which is] one of the many reasons I joined MaryPIRG and their anti-fracking campaign,” Luisa, who is focusing her studies on International Relations, said. “I think this correlates a lot with my major because there’s still so much to be done at a domestic and international level. There are many global issues that concern international affairs, however, I personally think this is one of the most vital ones since it effects all humans.”

Beltran Rey helped coordinate a handful of events and tabling sessions (for petitions) with MaryPIRG, while also finding time to take part in the UMD chapter of CHAARG, a national women’s organization focused on health and fitness.

“As a CHAARG member, I go to a lot of different events regarding well-being,” Beltran Rey explained. “These events remind members of the importance of taking care of one’s health, both mental and physical. This is crucial to being able to perform well in other clubs (like MaryPIRG) because without a healthy lifestyle you can’t do much of anything.”

Then-freshman Beltran Rey, who was born in Bogota, Colombia,  didn’t hesitate to become an active member of the UMD community, perhaps because this opportunity is not something she wants to take for granted.

“Though I’m thankful to live in a country where I have the freedom to voice my opinion, I understand that there are many people that are not as privileged as we are here in the United States,” Beltran Rey explained. “I think being born in a different country influenced my major a lot because I have witnessed the corruption that can occur in other places and the consequences that that brings to the public. I’m more than fortunate to be where I am now, and I think the least I can do is help others get to where they want to be too.”

Beltran Rey hopes to someday serve the world’s communities through diplomacy or international law.