Meet Erika

Erika Anchondo
Age: 21
Cultural Background: Mexican-American
Classification: Senior
Major: Organizational & Corporate Communication

What made you decide to go to college?
I was fortunate enough not to worry if I was going to be able to attend college or not. My aunt wanted to make sure that I had a better life than she did growing up and let me know that she would do anything in order for me to attend college and thanks to her I will be the first in my family to receive a bachelor’s degree.

What made you pick your major?
I researched into the different majors that the university offered and found that with organizational and corporate communication I would be able to have a variety of job opportunities available to me once I graduate but more importantly I would be doing something I really enjoyed.

What are some of your classes?
Some of the classes I take as an organizational and corporate communication major are: public relations, public speaking, organizational communication and I was even able to do an internship where I had hands on experience.

Describe a typical day as a college student?
A typical day for me includes attending my classes and going to work. Many days I have a meeting to go to as well; those meetings are from the different clubs and organizations that I belong to. Depending on what time of year it is, I will also go to school events from pep rallies to athletic events or speakers brought to campus by one of the departments.

What is the most challenging part of college?
The most challenging part of college that I face is time management. I do not take for granted that I am able to attend college but at the same time I want to fully enjoy being a college student by being involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible. I try to balance enough time between family, school, friends and extracurricular activities but many times it can become quite difficult to do so.

What is your favorite part of college?
My favorite part of college is being a student. Being able to pick which classes you want to take and deciding what clubs you want to be a part of. As a college student you get to be proud of your university and show off your school spirit at games and events. One is also able to learn how to make a difference at the university and in the community. My favorite part of college is being able to be me.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t in school?
When I am not in school I am actually a real homebody and family oriented individual. I love to be able to spend a relaxing day with my family especially because they are my support system.

What did you do to prepare for college?
Not knowing what college was going to be like, I had no idea in how to prepare for it which is why my first year was really a learning experience.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
As a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso I am proud to say that I am a Senator At-Large for the UTEP Student Government Association. I am the Vice President of External Affairs for the Student Alumni Association, a member of the National Communication Association Student Club and will serve as a Sun Princess of the Sun Bowl Association.

What are your goals after college?
My goal is to obtain a Masters degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. I would like to get a job in Washington D.C. since I was fortunate enough to visit for the first time this year and completely feel in love with the city and the fast paced environment.

What advice would you give to help a girl prepare for college?
The best advice I can give a girl in preparing for college is: do not be afraid to ask questions. Going to college is an exciting and scary process; many times you might become overwhelmed by all the information or are unsure about what to do. The best way of finding out answers is to ask questions, do not feel embarrassed because I am sure that many people have the same questions that you do.

What Web sites do you recommend?
Some websites that I recommend are of course www.latinitasmagazine.org ; Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Institute by the National Hispana Leadership Institute www.nhli.org; National Council of La Raza http://www.nclr.org; Rock the Vote www.rockthevote.com;

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