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Meet Your Counselor

Claudia Vargas Meza


Claudia Vargas Meza
Phone: (616) 632-1123

About Claudia:

My job at Aquinas combines the things I value the most in life; traveling, education and culture. I grew up in Managua, Nicaragua, where I studied International Trade and Business. I moved to Grand Rapids two years ago in order to pursue my Masters in Public Administration. My experience as an international student in Grand Rapids not only made me grow as a professional, but also helped me find a second place I can call home. Because of my personal experience, I am passionate about helping international students find their right institutional fit, which led me to take over the role of international recruiter at Aquinas College. Now I have the opportunity to serve international students from all over the world (except Canada), as well as students from six different counties in Michigan.

One of my priorities is increasing the number of international students at Aquinas College. It is exciting to know that we are able to welcome students of all different backgrounds and cultures to our campus in Grand Rapids. I can tell you from experience that, no matter where you are from, the Aquinas community will make you feel at home!