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Karla Ramirez ’17 prepares for a career in broadcasting by immersing herself in new experiences, including studying abroad in Austria and China.

A dancer since the age of 4, Karla Ramirez ‘17 was awarded the Hunsaker Scholarship, which honors the generous leadership of Rich ’52 and Ginnie ’52 Hunsaker to both the University of Redlands and The Wooden Floor dance studio (formerly St. Joseph Ballet) in Santa Ana. “When I was 9 years old, I auditioned for the studio, and I danced and attended there until I graduated from high school,” said Ramirez, who is also a member of the campus Hip Hop Club. “I am blessed to have received such amazing financial aid from a very generous couple. Because of their generosity, I have taken mind-blowing courses with knowledgeable professors, traveled for community service, and I’ve now studied abroad.”

Ramirez spent the spring 2015 semester in Salzburg, Austria, touring world-famous museums, studying European history and attending orchestral concerts, the opera and ballet performances. “This is definitely the best decision I have ever made,” she said. “Studying abroad and being very active on campus is essential to the full college experience.”

Ramirez has distinct plans for her future, and expanding her knowledge and experiences in the world are an intentional part of preparing herself for a career in broadcasting. “I want to do reporting, anchoring and producing at a commercial television or radio station,” she said. “I have a talk show on KDAWG radio with my friend. It’s called ‘Kickin’ It with Rod and Karla,’ and I was part of the rebirth of the station.” Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ramirez is majoring in Visual Media Studies and Spanish with an Asian Studies minor. “My academics led me to learn a third language, Mandarin, and I studied German in Salzburg,” she said. She also plans to go to China in 2016. “I ultimately want a job that requires travel so that I can continue to explore the world.”

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