My name is Laura HerrejÃ³n, and I was born in the city of Monterrey about 19 years ago. Later on, at the age of 8, my family and I moved to the city of QuerÃ©taro, which has become my home for the last 11 years.
For my elementary and my secondary education, I attended the American School of the state of QuerÃ©taro which helped me a lot to learn about the cultural background of America. Later on, at 13, I participated in a foreign exchange program that allowed me to learn more about the American way of life. I lived in the town of Tomah, Wisconsin and stayed there for about eight weeks. Staying in Wisconsin with an American family gave me a hands-on experience of the American lifestyle.
After graduating middle school, I applied to the top high school in Mexico. I was accepted into the TecnolÃ³gico de Monterrey system. Since then, I became involved in many extracurricular activities, such as aerobics, spinning, yoga, gym, hawaiian dancing and volleyball. Also, the last semester of high school, I participated in a Model United Nations by representing the USA. I received an award for the Best Delegate out of the 400 participants. In this simulation I had to research, create resolutions, and speak in English the entire time. The process used in the simulation was entertaining and fun as well as educational. I was very proud of everything I accomplished.
Moreover, I have been studying French for the past three years, which will help me a lot for my academic and cultural development. Throughout the experiences I have lived, I learned to adapt to new cultures that came from people with different backgrounds; but all of this did not stop me from loving what I was doing. Sometimes it is worth the effort for the rewards received in every activity I do.
When I was studying my last year of high school, it occurred to me the idea to study in a different country to open my mind to new cultures in a deeper level. At first, I decided to study Accounting and as I researched more about the business world and education, I ended up choosing to study in the USA for my University Studies because of its great business atmosphere. I got admitted to several American Universities and decided to start my Higher-Education studies in Southeast Missouri State University.
Not long after studying in Southeast Missouri State University, I was being recognized for my effort in the University. I was given two diplomas for my placement in the Deanâ€™s Honor List for the semesters of Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Also, because of the same reason of obtaining high grades, I became a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and got a certificate for it. In addition, I obtained another different diploma which certified my participation as a treasurer for the International Student Association. In the same way, I received another certificate of recognition for being a member of the Association of Phenomenal Women. I really enjoyed being a part of the school activities and associations; I was actually also involved in the Student Activities Council which organized all the fun events around campus.
It was not until last March 2008 when I was offered a scholarship to study in Valparaiso University, a private institution located in the Northern part of Indiana. By consequence, I decided to take the scholarship and continue my college education there.
The diversity I have been exposed to has opened my eyes to different cultures and ways of thinking. I have faced many challenges, but I managed to pull through by patience, consistency, determination, vision and fun. Now, I am living my life in the USA, where I chose to develop and grow in a personal and educational way. Life becomes more intriguing now and, at the same time, more unpredictable. Having encouragement and knowledge about who I really am, university experience allows me to achieve more dreams, never forgetting to enjoy the process.