Federico Younes is not your typical 21-year-old Honors College student. This young man comes from Quito, Ecuador. Federico was introduced to the thought of studying abroad because Mr. Jose Infante, from Pace’s Welcome Center, visited his high school and kept in touch thereafter. It was through this contact that Federico decided to apply to Pace-- despite his parents not being too happy about having their son live in another country for at least four years.
The Computer Science program was another reason that Federico came to Pace. He is majoring in Computer Science with minors in Math and Business. It is not surprising that he is a Computer Science major, especially considering his passion for video games, sci-fi, and he builds computers, for fun!
Aside from his love of technology, Federico enjoys music and being around his fraternity brothers of Alpha Phi Delta. His involvement in Alpha Phi Delta is his favorite experience at Pace because of the friends he has made. APD also helped Federico adjust to living away from home. When reflecting on being away, he says, “Having to detach yourself from everyone you know and from the place where you have lived for so long, takes a while, but it is an incredible learning experience.”
Federico has also met many people thanks to the Honors College. Community service is another passion of Federico’s and the Honors College has given him plenty of opportunities to do just that. He also does not mind being given free ice-cream or any of the other foods that are supplied at Honors events. His favorite ones include Wrapping Gifts for Underprivileged Children and the trip to Six Flags.
Come time for graduation, Federico plans to stay in the U.S. and work. His work experience features being an Associate Software Engineer at Link Technology in Valhalla. He has also interned at The Dannon Company which provided him with the experience of seeing Los Angeles, CA for a week.