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Political Science Scholar Goes International

Political Science Scholar Goes International

D EslambolySenior Daniella Eslamboly has been inspired to combine her love for travel and interest in politics at Loyola Marymount University. Her dedication has led to scholarships that have expanded her global awareness, while reaffirming her choice to attend LMU.

As the daughter of an alumna, Eslamboly admits being initially influenced by her mother. But Eslamboly followed her own path and discovered firsthand what makes LMU so special.

“What attracted me most to LMU was the community. I loved the idea of actually getting to know fellow students and professors in a way that I would not have been able to at other universities,” said Eslamboly. “At LMU, I’m not just a number.”

By participating in extracurricular activities, the political science major and Spanish minor says that she has been able to overcome shyness and sharpen her leadership skills. Eslamboly has been president of the Mock Trial Team; vice president of the LMU Hillel; president of the Student Alumni Association; vice president of the LMU College Democrats; and an executive board member of the Political Science Association. She recently earned the Alfred J. Kilp, S.J. Scholarship, which is awarded to deserving descendants of LMU alumni.

“I am grateful to all of the donors. A scholarship means less time worrying about loans and more time to focus on my studies,” she explained.

Last year, Eslamboly earned the Hansard Fellowship from LMU’s Institute for Leadership Studies. The fellowship allowed her to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science and intern with a member of Parliament during the spring semester.

“Before, I hated international politics, but the experience made things more real to me,” said Eslamboly. “I was planning to become a district attorney, but now I’m expanding my options to the whole international realm.”

When Eslamboly graduates in spring 2009, she plans to study international law and someday practice abroad, perhaps in Spain, where she could use her Spanish minor. Regardless of where she chooses to go, Eslamboly is excited about continuing to be a part of the LMU family.

“The fact that people can give back inspires me to give. I love my school. I don’t want tuition to be a reason for anyone not to come to LMU.”