Motivation Monday: Marisol

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Connecticut College | 2018
Sociology / Gender & Women's Studies

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Currently: Student / R.A. (Residential Advisor) / Office Assistant, Office of Community Partnerships / Coordinator, Office of Admissions / Volunteer Mentor
Self-described: Independent, passionate, dreamer
Enjoys: Spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and shopping.

College is not easy and it's not for everyone, but we have to learn not to quit when things get difficult.


Tell us about yourself!

Hi, everyone! I am a first generation, proud Latina/Chicana attending Connecticut College. I was born and raised in Chicago with Mexican traditions engraved in me first. Currently, I am in my junior year of college. I studied abroad last fall, where I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba and Mexico for the entire semester.

Fall 2016, Study abroad in Havana, Cuba.

Fall 2016, Study abroad in Havana, Cuba.

I am a huge fan of Frida Kahlo. I visited her house, “   La Casa Azul   ” in Mexico City this past December.

I am a huge fan of Frida Kahlo. I visited her house, “La Casa Azul” in Mexico City this past December.


Greatest source of inspiration

My family. They motivate me, keep me grounded, and push me to keep on working hard. Everything I do, I do it for them because I know the struggle and barriers they have faced to give me a better life.


Greatest source of support

I wouldn’t have made it to college without the immense support from my mentors, teachers, and family, especially my mom. They motivate me in every way possible to push myself and overcome any obstacles I face.


Favorite thing

My independence.


Least favorite thing

Midterms and finals week.


Study habits

I usually have to set times to do homework and study because I am always so busy with classes, work, or other extracurricular activities. I make sure to clear my schedule and be productive as much as I can to get work done.


Tell us about a challenge you faced in college. How did you overcome it?

I have struggled with my self-confidence while being in college. I had a difficult time expressing myself and sharing my voice in this environment that is predominantly White. I internalized that idea that ‘I was not good enough’ but over time, I slowly started to stray away from this idea by building confidence within myself. It is a process that is not easy but by talking to my peers, professors, and mentors, I have slowly tried pushing myself to gain the confidence I need to share my opinion with others and boost up my self-esteem.


What advice would you give to your freshman-year self?

Don’t be afraid to not know, “What is next?” Often, we are preoccupied with what have to do with our lives or what we need to major in that we forget to enjoy the journey of finding ourselves and our passions/interests.


Best advice you received?

Don’t compare yourself to anyone - learn from each other and ask questions! The best competition is yourself.


What's your secret for time management and productivity?

I use my Google Calendar to schedule all of my appointments and long-term commitments. I also have a planner where I write any of my assignments and my ‘To Do List’ of the day.


How do you stay motivated?

I usually stay motivated by looking toward the future. I think about the end of the semester or school year and how little by little, I am getting one step closer to achieving my dreams.


How do you de-stress?

I really enjoy my alone time because it allows me to reflect on how my days are going and it also empowers me to do better. I love spending time with people I love and simply laughing and taking time for self-care, which is extremely important for my emotional and mental wellbeing.


Future goals?

Short-term: I need to start thinking about my interests and what I am passionate about, and start researching about fields where I can pursue a master’s or Ph.D. program.

Long-term: I want to pursue grad school a year or two after undergrad.


Final thoughts?

College is not easy and it's not for everyone, but we do have to learn not to quit when things get difficult. Push yourself everyday to do, be, and continue to be the very best version of yourself.


How can the community help you?

I'm looking for internships and post-undergrad opportunities / advice
(finding jobs, fellowships, and/or career advice for grad school).
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