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Selena Méndez Cruz is from Las Marias, Puerto Rico and attends the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Méndez Cruz concluded working with Theressa Cooper, the assistant dean for diversity and assistant professor for the college of agriculture and life sciences, researching family and consumer sciences curriculum on July 14. Méndez Cruz hopes to pursue a career working in gerontology after graduating in 2018.
How do you think this experience will help you with your future goals?
“The professional development skills are essential and really helpful and you
discover your interests and potential.”
What words of advice do you have for someone who has a passion for science?
“Don’t give up. I know it’s not easy, but who said that good things are easy to get?
We have to make sacrifices, but the end of the road will be rewarding.”
Who is your role model and why?
“My parents, they overcame so much. My mom came from a small town and limited
resources and my dad came from knowing no Spanish and moved to Puerto Rico.
They have both taught me so much but the things they emphasize the most are to be
humble, never forgot where I came from, but most importantly, never forget where I
want to go.”
Where do you wish to travel?
“Holland and Greece.”