Hi there! My name is Lucas San Miguel and I am a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University. I will be a freshman at Emory for the 2021-22 school year. For the 2020-21 academic year, I took a gap year where I was an international student at Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan as part of a United States Department of State scholarship program. Feel free to explore this site to learn a little more about me and please don’t hesitate to get in touch through my social media below.
Proficiency ranked by an official American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview. The exam was taken following two months of study abroad in Taipei, Taiwan (see Education for more information).
Participated in an intensive International Baccalaureate high school Spanish language curriculum and earned a score of 7 on the IB Spanish SL Exam, the highest possible score.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, USA where the only language spoken at home was English. Further fostered knowledge of English language, literature, and poetry through the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language and Literature high school curricula.
*Picture courteous of the Children Beyond Our Borders Instagram (@ufcbob)
Throughout Summer and Fall 2020 I volunteered for the Bound For Peace (BFP) Program through the international nonprofit, Children Beyond Our Borders. I taught various workshops to students as young as first grade up to college students in Colombia from cities like Montería and Bucaramanga. The workshops focused on health and wellness, education, sustainability, and cultural competency. The workshops were virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic inhibiting teachers to travel to Colombia for the in-person program. I taught students in a mixture of Spanish and English to ensure the materials are well understood, with the mixture changing depending on the proficiency of the students I am teaching.
While studying in Chengdu, China as part of a US Department of State scholarship program (please see the accolades section for more information), I volunteered at a variety of places. One of the most prominent places being the Shuangliu Public Library where I helped organize and shelve books and entertain some of the preschool children there. Pictured to the left is me teaching a preschooler Patty Cake.
Selected as 1 of 150 2020 Coca-Cola Scholars from a pool of nearly 100,000 applicants from across the United States (less than a 1/6 of a percent acceptance rate).
Chosen from a national pool of applicants who have shown active participation in service and community based activities both inside and outside of the National, Regional, and Local Beta Club organizations.
Selected from a pool of over 80,000 initial applicants from across the United States to be recognized for academic and leadership potential through school and extracurricular activities.
A National scholarship awarded by the Burger King McLamore Foundation to high school seniors on the basis of the values defined by James W. McLamore: integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship, and commitment to education.
National scholarship award where thousands of applicants submit videos that outline their passions and aspirations for their futures and how they developed such passions. This educational scholarship is awarded to "the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers who want to make a difference in the world."
NSLI-Y is a full-scholarship that immerses participants in the cultural life of a host country, giving them formal and informal language practices, and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Scholars receive intensive language instruction, live with a host family, and participate in a variety of community service and cultural activities.