When Congressman Greg Casar heard about the CAST Student Advisory’s recent trip to Mexico City, he knew he wanted to speak with the students and ask them about their experience. “I was looking forward to this all day!” said Casar as he met with Student Advisory members Aidan Davenport, Ezbai Hernandez, Aliana Chavez, Nathan Briseno and Sophia Tolly.
The trip, in partnership with the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, aimed to provide students with an experience that exposed them to what many have referred to as their “home away from home” in Mexico City. This trip gave students an opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in Mexican culture & history; to learn about a diverse range of issues in U.S. – Mexico policy such as: politics and government, economics and trade, industry, education, and more; to develop leadership skills that will benefit both the individual student and the wider world.
Congressman Greg Casar represents Texas’s 35th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which runs down I-35 from East Austin to Hays County to the West Side of San Antonio. Casar, alongside representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, make up for some of the youngest current members of the House of Representatives. So when Casar sat down and spoke with the CAST Tech and Advanced Learning Academy students who went on the trip, he highlighted why it is important for young people to make a change in their community and strive for leadership positions.
Congressman Casar has family from Mexico City, so he was able to relate to the students when they described the culture shock they felt when they landed in the massive city. Although some may not realize it, Mexico City is one of the largest urban landscapes in the world – twice the size of New York City. Casar shared with the students how he would visit family frequently, and that the sprawling city is simply something you get used to the more you visit. After the meeting, the students took Congressman Casar on a tour of CAST Tech to finish his visit.
To learn more about the CAST Student Advisory’s trip to Mexico City, visit castschools.com.