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Dartmouth graduate looks to make a difference in international studies

POSTED August 25, 2009 10:06 p.m.
While most high school students think that getting into an Ivy League college is an almost unattainable goal — former Pitman High water polo player Taylor Holt said it’s only a matter of hard work.
“If you set your mind to it, you can get into any Ivy League school,” Holt said. “You just have to concentrate in high school to get good grades and be involved in extracurriculars.”  
Holt graduated from Dartmouth in the spring with a double major in Government and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His major in Government wasn’t a surprise with his constant interest in politics, Holt said. His second major was a new interest he grew to love when he was at Dartmouth. He took an introduction class to Latin America and really liked it so he decided to make Latin American and Caribbean Studies his major as well. Learning about Latin America through books wasn’t satisfying enough for Holt so he packed his bags and headed to Mexico to study Spanish for a quarter.  
“There are a lot of interesting things going on in Latin America that are easily overlooked,” he said. “Democracy is something Americans take for granted and I want to be able to help democracy in other countries.”
Along with those late nights studying for classes, Holt also dived into the water with the water polo team, pledged into the Greek life and the interfraternity council and swore into the Gryphon senior society.  
Since graduation, Holt has been working at the Dartmouth student accessibility services center helping students with learning disabilities. He plans on working at Dartmouth until he enters graduate school this fall.  
Holt will be continuing his education at the University of Oxford to earn his master’s degree in Latin American Studies.  
He has his mind set on working for the State Department in the diplomatic core going to different countries or working in governmental analysis. He is also interested in becoming a professor.
“... I am proud and I am pleased with the education he received at Dartmouth,” said Loren Holt, Turlock Unified School District Trustee and father of Taylor.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.
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