Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Sociology and Psychology
Q1. How did you pick your major? What drew you to these concentrations?
For me, it was pretty easy settling into my majors since I knew what I wanted to study beginning my first-year. I love studying people and patterns, so what would be better than my two majors!
Q2. As a Senior, I know you are writing a thesis! Can you talk a little about what you are writing it on?
I am currently working on my Sociology senior thesis in which I am looking at post-undergraduate success after graduating from Colgate. Specifically, I am measuring whether or not there is any differences between first-generation college students and continuing-generation college students. At the moment, I am looking for any Colgate alumni to take my survey and help me find some interesting results!
Q3. Did you go abroad? If so, where did you go and what was your experience like?
During my time at Colgate, I’ve had multiple opportunities to travel abroad and nationally. I took a Sociology/ Environmental Studies extended study, “Environmental Issues and Environmental Activism in China,” to different regions in China. I then studied in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester. These two experiences along with others I’ve had have been so enriching and important for my learning journey regarding immigration and the movement of bodies.
Q4. What activities are you involved in at Colgate?
At Colgate, I am currently involved with Link Staff, Konosioni Senior Honor Society, and Spanish Language Debate Society!
Q5. What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I am hoping to work in higher education. I would love for my work to revolve around equal education opportunity programs and specifically target disadvantaged students.
Q6. What is your favorite thing about Colgate? My favorite thing about Colgate is how much room it has given me to grow as a person. Being a college senior now, I reflect to who I was as a senior in high school and I feel as if many of my aspirations and values have completely changed. I’ve never been as happy with who I am as I am now.
Q7. Congratulations on being a senior! What advice would you give to underclassman? What do you know now that you wish you knew as a freshman?
I would tell first-years to know that life at Colgate is going to throw many challenges their way but they need to make sure to not spread themselves thin and always remember why they are here. Take it a day at a time and before you know it, you’ll almost be graduating!
If you are interested in contacting Valeria you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org