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Albert Palacios

Albert Palacios
Major: 
Architecture and Anthropology
BDP Certificate: 
Cultural Studies

Albert completed the Cultural Studies BDP and conducted research on Southwest Native American culture and architecture during the Spanish rule.

What has been the biggest benefit of the BDP for you?
The biggest benefit of being in the BDP is having the opportunity and freedom to focus on any issue that you deem important. With the flexibility this program provides, you have the ability to find connections between topics you would have though to be remote.

What did you do for your Connecting Experience?
I have been conducting research through the BDP into Southwest Native American culture and architecture during Spanish rule. I am attempting to prove that every detail in a structure, as insignificant as it might seem, has a meaning or value placed on it by the society that created it. By detailing culture, societies form and create architecture in order to assert and represent core values and beliefs that bring a community together. The opportunity to fully immerse myself into a subject that I am passionate about has so far been the ultimate highlight of not only my connecting experience, but my college career.

What would you want other students to know about the BDPs?
The BDPs are the most supporting, structured, and above all, rewarding when it comes to making undergraduate academics an in-depth experience, an experience that will not only help you expand your horizons, but will add value to your degree.