Meet the Student Staff

Paving The Way Pre-Orientation Staff

Baltazar Aguirre III

Baltazar Aguirre III ’21

Major/Minor: 
Communication and Anthropology/Sociology majors, Educational Studies minor

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: “I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.”

Something people would find interesting about you: I have been to D.R, Mexico, Germany, France, and Spain, and I’m ready to travel the world.

What are your other summer plans? Healing, family, and soaking up the sun.

Edgar Garcia

Edgar Garcia ’21

Major/Minor: 
Biology and Spanish double major

Home City: New York, NY (Bronx)

Quote or philosophy on life: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Something people would find interesting about you: I was born with birthmarks on my tongue.

What are your other summer plans? This summer I will be doing an internship in South Africa, where I will be working in a clinical setting either shadowing nurses or doing some form of social service.

Evan Brooks

Evan Brooks ’20

Major/Minor: 
Psychology

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: Personal Growth is a fire ignited by the pursuit of personal passions

Something people would find interesting about you: I’m a hip hop artist

What are your other summer plans? Volunteering in a Clinical Counselor’s office

Chantielle Chapman

Chantielle Chapman ’21

Major/Minor: 
Black Studies and HESS

Home City: Worcester, MA

Quote or philosophy on life: “What is meant for you will not pass you.”

Something people would find interesting about you: I have 9 piercings and plan on getting more.

What are your other summer plans? Hopefully work in the hospital in my hometown to gain some hands on experience in the medical field.

Areli Nuñez

Areli Nuñez ’20

Major/Minor: 
Global Commerce and Spanish

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Something people would find interesting about you: I recently got into astrology. I’m a very proud Aries and feel that I represent my zodiac sign really well.

What are your other summer plans? This summer I will be interning with Casa Del Norte in Chicago, IL working in with their Communication and Marketing Team. They are a non-profit that focuses on providing stable housing for the youth and families confronting homelessness.

Belen Galvez

Belen Galvez ’21

Major/Minor: 
Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: “Self compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give others.”

Something people would find interesting about you: I am a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

What are your other summer plans? I plan on interning for Life Span, an organization that empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Katherine Cao

Katherine Cao ’22

Major/Minor: 
Chemistry

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: Good things are worth waiting for.

Something people would find interesting about you: I took five years of piano and I do not remember 2/3 of the material.

What are your other summer plans? This summer I will be teaching rising fourth graders at Ivy Garden, which is a local tutoring center for elementary and middle school students. With my extra time, I will be training for the 2019 Chicago Marathon in October. Also, catch me living my best life in MIAMI!

Khalil Bentley

Khalil Bentley ’20

Major/Minor: 
International Studies

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: IDK

Something people would find interesting about you: Studied at the University of Havana this past spring

What are your other summer plans? Still trying to figure that out

Ericia Bramwell

Ericia Bramwell ’20

Major/Minor: 
Anthropology/Sociology major, Black Studies minor

Home City: Newark, NJ

Quote or philosophy on life: “Stick to the fight when your hardest hit, it’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit”

Something people would find interesting about you: I’ve been dancing since I was 4 years old!

What are your other summer plans? Working and spending time with family and friends

Fernando Barrientos

Fernando Barrientos ’21

Major/Minor: 
Economics (Finance Concentration)

Home City: Lynn, MA

Quote or philosophy on life: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela

Something people would find interesting about you: I can solve a Rubix’s cube

What are your other summer plans? Asset Management Intern at Fidelity Investments

Faith Sutton

Faith Sutton ’22

Major/Minor: 
Psychology and Black Studies/Educational Studies

Home City: Columbus

Quote or philosophy on life: “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” -James Baldwin

Something people would find interesting about you: “I was shy and reserved until I got to college. As soon as PTW began, I completely broke out of my shell.”

What are your other summer plans? I have a job at a summer camp that teaches kids about theater. And I’ll be going to Texas to represent Denison at the Posse Plus Summit. Hopefully, I’ll also get to meet my new niece in Oklahoma. And sleep.

Cynthia Guerrero

Cynthia Guerrero ’22

Major/Minor: 
Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish double major with a concentration in Latin American Caribbean Studies (LACS)

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: “Everything happens for a reason.”

Something people would find interesting about you: Spanish is my first language and I was in a Mexican Folkloric dance group for five years. I also can’t reach my left shoulder and love Vines

What are your other summer plans? I will be working part-time and volunteering in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago!

Tom Ha

Tom Ha ’22

Major/Minor: 
Biochemistry and Pre-Dental Track

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” -Napoleon Hill

Something people would find interesting about you: I am fluent in Vietnamese.

What are your other summer plans? I am shadowing dentists this summer.

Sandra Mondragón-Hernández

Sandra Mondragón-Hernández ’21

Major/Minor: 
Educational Studies and Anthropology/Sociology double major

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: Be kind and patient with yourself

Something people would find interesting about you: I’ve visited Thailand.

What are your other summer plans? I will be volunteering at my elementary school and interning at an institute that supports people becoming administrators in the education field.

Diana Lopez-Leon

Diana Lopez-Leon ’20

Major/Minor: 
Anthropology/Sociology

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: Seek to learn and learn to understand.

Something people would find interesting about you: I can’t whistle, swim, or ride a bike.

What are your other summer plans? I intend on exploring Chicago as much as I can before I head straight into my senior year of college. It will give me a chance to have some much needed “Me Time” before I start researching and applying to nursing programs for my post-graduate plans.

Chelsey Sarante

Chelsey Sarante ’22

Major/Minor: 
Communication and Black Studies double major

Home City: New York, NY (Bronx)

Quote or philosophy on life: Honestly, to just do whatever makes YOU happy, regardless of how others may feel about it

Something people would find interesting about you: I play clarinet

What are your other summer plans? To work, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the break!

Kenlee Rong

Kenlee Rong ’21

Major/Minor: 
Global Commerce

Home City: New York, NY (Brooklyn)

Quote or philosophy on life: Its not the minutes in your life but the life in your minutes

Something people would find interesting about you: I am crazy.

What are your other summer plans? I have an internship in Singapore

Dana Phillips

Dana Phillips ’20

Major/Minor: 
International Studies (major) Women's and Gender Studies (major)

Home City: Atlanta, GA

Quote or philosophy on life: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Something people would find interesting about you: I spent the last semester studying abroad in Spain!

What are your other summer plans? Interning for a non-profit in Atlanta called Tapestri that works with refugee women who are survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking.

Talia Zeiger

Talia Zeiger ’21

Major/Minor: 
Psychology major, Theatre minor, and Queer Studies concentration

Home City: Chicago, IL

Quote or philosophy on life: I have never been a calm blue sea, I have always been a storm

Something people would find interesting about you: When I was in 8th grade I won Pi day at my school!

What are your other summer plans? I am studying abroad this summer in Bath, England!

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