What years did you study at SEK? At which SEK school were you at?
I studied at SEK-Atlántico in Pontevedra from 2006 to 2012. I started in the first year of secondary school and continued until I finished Baccalaureate.
What memories do you have of your time at school?
I have fantastic memories of school, both of the teachers and of my classmates. What’s more, before Covid I liked to go back once a year.
However, if there is one thing really left its mark on me, it was SEKMUN. I took part for the first time in the IV meeting, and it was a watershed moment for me. I was going to be an engineer, and as a result of SEKMUN, the debate leagues and the parliamentary simulations, I became interested in foreign policy and diplomacy.
What have the post school years been like?
When I finished school, I studied economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and then I went to Washington for a semester at George Washington University, a year at the Université Paris Nanterre on Erasmus, and another semester on a Seneca grant to the University of Granada.
Then I studied a master’s degree in International Relations and War Studies at King’s College, and as a result of that I began my professional immersion in the world of foreign policy. I started as an intern at an NGO, after that, at the Spanish Embassy in London, and finally as an intern at the European Commission, before taking civil services exams.
How did you get to the position you are currently in, what are your duties?
I am a civil servant. I passed the General Administrator for European Institutions exam in July and I officially joined in December 2021 at European Commission department for Home Affairs and Migration (DG HOME).
I currently work as a Policy Officer in the unit dedicated to technological systems for borders, migration and security, and specifically, in the Schengen Information System. However, the Commission offers many possibilities for internal mobility, as well as inter-institutional mobility.