Vegas Longlois, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in folklore and mythology, and a minor in Spanish and global health and health policy. ¬†She competed on the debate team for four years and competed at the American Parliamentary Debate National Championship twice. She led the Equity Program for APDA, where she educated debaters about fairness and mediated conversations around discrimination. She also co-directed Response Peer Counseling, which provides nondirective counseling for students facing issues of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Further, she served as a Peer Research Fellow with Harvard College Libraries to educate students about research strategies and improve access to library resources. Vegas volunteered with the learning disabilities clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and wrote children’s books for orphans in foreign countries. After her time with Impact America, Vegas plans to attend medical school and become a child psychiatrist.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

One of the most memorable places Vegas has been was Keelung, Taiwan. She stayed with a host family in the city for two weeks in high school. Keelung is a beautiful metropolis known for its night markets. The day begins in Keelung with the breakfast markets, where families commune before beginning the day. Within a few hours, all traces of them are gone. In the evening, the streets are lined with colorful, brightly lit stands selling food, clothes, and trinkets. Then, the night ends with the fish markets, which close at first light.

Who is someone you admire and why?

Vegas greatly admires her high school debate coach, David Gardiner. He was incredibly dedicated to the activity and his students but never let it interfere with his family life. He acted as a second father to Vegas and modeled what it meant to be a true Christian.