Sebastian Mendieta was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States when he was ten years old. He spent six years in the Navy as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer while stationed in San Diego, CA. He started at Wesleyan University in Fall 2019 as part of The Posse Foundation’s Veterans Program where he played rugby and participated in student government. Sebastian transferred into the Eli Whitney Students Program at Yale and is currently a junior studying Political Science. He volunteers at the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center where he’s able to stay in touch with the veteran community. Sebastian lives in Hamden, CT with his wife, toddler son, and hyperactive cattle dog. Outside of studies, Sebastian enjoys maximizing time outdoors, playing soccer, growing hot peppers and other veggies, and cooking with the family.