My graduation from LMU is a week from Saturday, and as I reflect on my LMU experience, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude. At LMU I have learned how to combine my love for science with social justice advocacy, and have truly learned the importance of utilizing the privilege of this education in order to serve the marginalized communities of our society.
Over the past four years I have traveled to over 20 (!) countries through LMU’s study abroad program and service immersion trips, led our student body as ASLMU President and I even got to meet Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University. I’ve been able to serve communities here in Los Angeles as a Spanish translator at Venice Family Clinic and nutrition instructor at Good Shepherd Domestic violence shelter, and have also served abroad building homes alongside families in Mexico. This university truly graduates people with and for others and I couldn’t be prouder to say I am an LMU Lion.
After graduation I will be spending a year in Galicia, Spain on a Fulbright grant to teach English and implement public health initiatives for the communities there. After my time in Spain I’ll be heading to medical school to pursue a MD/MPH dual-degree. LMU helped me actualize my potential and become the woman I am today. I hope you choose LMU, because you will graduate Jesuit educated with an empowered heart, ready to trail blaze. GO LIONS!