Vanessa Sandoval Mora

Vanessa Sandoval MoraHometown:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alverno College
Marketing/media design and Spanish language and culture

Why did you choose to attend Alverno College?
I chose Alverno College because of their unique and innovative approach to education as well as the culture of the college. The grading system along with the small classrooms ensures each student here attains the attention and feedback they need to be successful in and out of Alverno.

How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Financial aid has greatly impacted my experience because I would otherwise not be able to afford it. One of my sisters and I both attend Alverno College, and as first generation students, we get financial help. Because of this, we have been able to continue our education. Not having to pay as much has allowed me to take advantage of other experiences that I would have otherwise  not been able to enjoy.

What will a college degree mean to you?
To my family and me, education is everything. My parents immigrated here in 1993 in search of a better place to start a family. My parents have worked multiple jobs their whole lives in order to ensure we have a good education and are successful in a career we enjoy. As a first generation student, going to college is not only about financial security after graduation, but also about the long journey it took to get me to this point.

Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
My experience at college has taught me a lot, not only about myself, but also about the professional world. I have gotten to work with multiple companies and organizations, and because of this, I now have a clear idea of what I want to do after I graduate. Being at Alverno has taught me valuable skills that are needed in professional settings and has allowed me to develop them by exposing us to new experiences.

What are your plans after graduation?  
Upon graduating, I plan to pursue a job in fashion marketing. Over the summer I did an internship with a clothing company in their marketing department. Because of this opportunity, I found that this combined my passion for marketing and the fashion industry and it now seems to be the ideal career path for me.

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