Luigi Pesce Ibarra, a 24-year-old neuroscience graduate student at Stony Brook University, is from Venezuela, a nation ruled under socialism.
He lived under the administrations of the late Hugo Chavez and the incumbent Nicolas Maduro. With lack of democracy, both presidents ruled with an iron fist and reviled nations such as the United States.
Currently, Venezuela is in economic turmoil where inflation is over 60 percent and basic necessities and food are hard to come by. Protests resulted because of this and protestors, as well as opposition leaders, are arrested and jailed.
Now that Ibarra lives in the United States, his life here has been a “180 degree turn” from what it was in Venezuela.