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Diaz and Case traveled through four continents, nine countries (from Chile to Japan), and more than 35,000 miles in just 23 days.
Amy Diaz, BA ’04, MBA/MS ’07, made Barry proud when she, along with boyfriend Jason Case, won CBS’ reality show “The Amazing Race” last December. To win the million-dollar prize, Diaz and Case traveled through four continents, nine countries (from Chile to Japan), and more than 35,000 miles in just 23 days. Her favorite spot was Curug Cimahi, the cascades in Bandung, Indonesia “because it was absolutely breathtaking.”
Diaz said her time at Barry prepared her for the journey. “Barry is an international, multicultural institution and during my years there I learned a lot about other countries, cultures, and foods from my classmates, residents, and peers.” Her advice to other graduates is to take on projects that play to their strengths because it will enable you to succeed. She says, “When Jason and I selected tasks on the show, it was ones we knew we would be the best at. I learned that at Barry – I always wanted to do my best, whether it was winning Hall of the Year award with my fellow resident advisors or receiving the Graduate Assistant Award, the drive I learned at Barry has gotten me where I am today.”
Now that her amazing race is over, Diaz has settled back into everyday life in Southern New England and is preparing to kick off the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign, with a goal of raising $200,000 in a 10-week period. Even though her schedule is full, Diaz always makes time to visit her Phi Sigma Sigma sorority sisters (she was a founding sister of the Iota Theta Chapter) in South Florida a few times a year – and her family connection keeps her close to Barry (her brother graduated in 2008).