headshot for Panamanian student Ana Gabriela Pérez

Get to know Panamanian student Ana Gabriela Pérez

Jun 29, 2021
Caroline Mutch
This April, Brenau welcomed 16 new students from Panama as part of the university’s new partnership with the Institute for the Development of Human Resources (IFARHU), Panama’s financial aid agency.

Students were chosen through a highly selective process emphasizing academic merit and financial need for the five-year program, which includes a year of college readiness followed by four years of undergraduate study.

Over the coming weeks, we will be introducing you to these students. Please be sure to give them a warm Brenau welcome when you see them around campus!

Name: Ana Gabriela Pérez
Major: Art
Province: West Panama

Tell us a little bit about your family.
My mom teaches entrepreneurship at a university, and my dad is a sales manager at a construction materials supply company. My older brother is a photographer, and I have an older sister. I also have two very cute little dogs.

Describe your personality.
I have a lot of energy, but I am very shy. I like quiet days when I can paint, and I like animals, especially bunnies and puppies.

What are your hobbies?
Painting, watching cartoons, anime and television series, as well as reading manga and manhwas (Japanese and Korean comics).

What are three things you like?
I like animals, singing, painting, swimming and basketball — even though I have never seen a basketball game.

What are three things you dislike?
I don’t like crowded events, loud music or soccer.

What is your favorite food?
Sancocho with white rice. I also like ribs and wings.

What is something you love about Panama?
Sancocho and rivers.

Why did you decide to come to the U.S.?
To have a better future.

What have you enjoyed the most since coming to Brenau?
The weather.

What is on your must-do list while you are in the U.S.?
See the snow.

What are you most looking forward to as part of the International Friendship Program?
I don’t have a clear idea.

Is there anything else about yourself or your culture that you would like to share?
I don’t like sweet things, but I love chocolate milk.