Sophomore Spotlight: The Girl Who Made a Way
Major: communications and sociology
interviewed by Tyler Mason and Adriana Santana
What made you want to come to Andrews University?
I’ve always known about Andrews, as every Adventist does, but the programs for my majors are what really made me want to attend. I heard a lot of good things about them, and thought God really wanted me here.
How difficult was it for you to actually come here?
Financially, it was extremely difficult to come here. My parents aren’t eligible to cosign a loan because they are undocumented so everything I paid had to be out of pocket. However, God always finds a way when He wants you to be somewhere.
What ended up letting you stay here?
I got in an accident. I had whiplash and my knee was busted. I didn’t care at the time, I just wanted to go back to school to see if my FAFSA had been processed. Also, if I hadn’t gotten hit by that car, I wouldn’t have met the people who allowed me to be financially cleared. The person who hit me wrote me a $200 check, and was willing to transfer her daughter’s unused financial credit to me.
How did that affect your relationship with God?
The accident brought me a lot closer to God. I had never prayed so much in my life. Especially when I thought my career was at stake. I remember during that time I was reading my devotional and the title was “Finances…College Struggles.” It was about this guy struggling to get into college and he couldn’t afford it, but God made a way for him. I found that very comforting.
Was it easier coming here your second year?
It was a lot easier coming to Andrews this year because of the effort I put into working my butt off this summer, even though I was kind of ashamed of the job I had. Because it’s not your typical summer job; I worked 12 hours every single day for 5 days a week. It was a lot of hard labor, and I was so tired all of the time. I also created a GoFundMe page, and thankfully people donated. So when I met with my financial aid advisor, she saw how much work I put into coming back, and how much I wanted to be at Andrews.
What path do you think God is trying to put you on?
I think that God wants me to be an advocate for people who deal with day-to-day sufferings. I want to be the voice of the children who are being trafficked and taken advantage of. I’m still not sure how exactly I’m going to get there; I’m still trying to figure that out. But in the aspect of academics, I see myself finishing out my four years here.