Alexandra Cardoso

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

College/School: School of Environment, Arts and Society, College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Alexandra Cardoso wants to turn hard moments into a lifetime of doing good for others.

Alexandra was raised in West Kendall. As a junior in high school, she was diagnosed with a condition that caused her to faint when her heart rate increased and blood pressure decreased. She fainted nearly 60 times at school and had to finish her final semester from home.

Choosing to stay close to family, Alexandra enrolled at FIU. As a sophomore, she was diagnosed with a disorder that makes it difficult for her esophagus to break down food. She underwent three procedures and two surgeries to help manage the symptoms. In between hospital stays, Alexandra found an outlet in applying make-up.

At FIU, Alexandra participated in a recreational therapy study abroad experience where she learned about the challenges disabled people face when traveling. She also did the “Shakespeare in Stratford and London” program where she studied Shakespeare’s plays and recreated theatrical makeup. Alexandra put her passion for helping children into action and raised $2,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through FIU’s Roarthon. She also founded AMC Artistry, a small business where she applies make-up for clients and helps children with disabilities develop fine motor skills and confidence through makeup application.

Alexandra is earning a degree in liberal studies. After graduation, she wants to grow her business, create an inclusive community for the disabled in the cosmetics industry, and be an advocate for people with disabilities.

By Evelyn S. Gonzalez, Account Manager
College of Arts, Sciences & Education