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MIGUEL GONCALVES
2011 Bezos Scholar
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Scholar Spotlight: 2011 Scholar Miguel Goncalves

What are you up to right now? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically?
I joined the Miami office of the Boston Consulting Group last year – please drop me a line if you’re ever down here! Work aside, the biggest thing on my mind is Venezuela, namely the daily struggle of millions to stay safe. It’s sparked a side project I’ll discuss a bit more below, an important break from corporate life.

Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar alumni, and if so — how?
Yes, but I need to be better! I have very fond memories of attending Harvard-Yale games every year with 2011 Scholars Esther and Jen (let’s rekindle this tradition?!) It was also great catching up with Nick a few months ago (also 2011) – we’re officially coworkers now. More broadly, it’s been great to see so many BSP alumni getting together around the country. Excited to do one in Miami when we hit critical mass.

Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
I finally finished Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago a few weeks ago. Definitely not light reading, but a critical reminder of the lengths to which authoritarian governments can go to stifle freedom. On a lighter note, I’ve been reading Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions and have found it jovial and refreshing – surprisingly decent life advice, from finding love to organizing inboxes to deciding which restaurants to eat at. 

Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
As of last year, I’m involved with The Salto Project, an organization that sponsors disadvantaged Venezuelans who seek to leave the country and rebuild their lives abroad. Working with TED Fellow Guido Nuñez-Mujica, we have sponsored 100+ people so far, and will likely support many more in the coming months. Please email me at miguelgoncalves94@gmail.com if you want to learn more about the organization or donate here if its message resonates with you!

Contributed by
MIGUEL GONCALVES
2011 Bezos Scholar
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Student Stories

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