Originally from Ecuador, Christian grew up Queens, New York, and became a LEDA Scholar after maintaining a 4.0 high school GPA while taking only AP and honors classes. His ebullient personality and fierce dedication to social justice made a lasting impression on LEDA faculty during the summer institute, and they weren’t surprised when he was accepted by Harvard a few months later.
When Christian reflects on the hardship that he has endured in his life, he talks about his motivation to support others, noting that he became “more dedicated to acting upon, rather than simply witnessing, the suffering of others.” While at Harvard, Christian was a senior research assistant at the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He was also a leader in the Harvard Undergraduate Admissions Council, planning events for prospective freshmen. A classics major, he served as vice president of a club that connects Harvard students with professional opportunities in marketing and advertising. His goal is “to be a model for underrepresented students who have felt as if they are powerless in this society.” While an undergraduate, he completed summer internships at Fox 5 News, Google, and an international internship in Argentina. After graduating with a B.A. in Classics, Christian began working at Google as an Associate Account Strategist.