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Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan)

Undergraduate Population: 10,398 undergraduate students
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Ferris State University Quick Clips

The following students volunteered to share their experiences at Ferris State University. Many of the students are involved with The Center for Latin@ Studies. The panelists have included their contact information if you would like to ask them any questions about their experiences at Ferris State University.


Valeria shares how she found her support system at Ferris State.

Gilbert shares his First-Generation journey from high school to Ferris State

Leonora shares how she found help and support at Ferris State.

Randy shares how he made it to college and persevered through life's challenges. 



Valeria Gonzalez
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
High School: East Kentwood High School
Year in College: 4th Year
Major: Nursing
Occupation: Phlebotomist at U Of M Health West Hospital & Student Admissions Representative @FSU
Dream job: Nurse Practitioner
Valeria’s Places: Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Hispanic Student Organization, Center for Latin@ Studies, Promesa Scholars Program, Honors Program 
High School Places: Marching Band
First-Generation Student: Yes
Reach Out to Valeria on Instagram: __chapparrraaa​​__



Gilbert Torres
Hometown: Frankfort, MI
High school: Manistee High School
Year of graduation: 3rd year
Major: Secondary Education in Social Studies
Occupation: Social Media and Marketing Manager for the Center for Latin@ Studies
Dream job: I want to be a middle school teacher. The ultimate goal is to be a school principal
Gilbert’s Places: The Center for Latin@ Studies is the place I have met all of my friends in college. The center provides great social opportunities for students and I happened to meet lots of people my freshman year. The center has events like movie nights, FAFSA filing parties, and heritage awareness festivals.
First-Generation Student: Yes
Social Media: Instagram: gilbertnmntorres



Leonora Velasquez Mencho
Hometown: Kentwood, Michigan
High School: East Kentwood High School
Year in College: 3rd year
Major: Nursing and minoring in Spanish.
Dream job: I hope to become a registered nurse. But I also do want to go back to school and become a Nurse Practitioner.
Leonora’s Places: Promesa Scholars, Amigos de PromesaTelamon Corporation, Cygnets: Official Interest Group of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. My sisters and I are all Noble Founders of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc at Ferris State University. I worked for Center of Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS) as a peer success coach for a year.  Order of Omega
High School Places: Soccer
First Gen?: Yes, and I am the first in my family to graduate high school as well.
Reach Out to Leonora on Instagram: @lvm1513



Randy Martinez
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
High School: Grand River Preparatory 
Year in College: 3rd year
Major: Associates in Marketing Major in Business Administration with a lean Certificate
Occupation: I work at the Office of International Education.
Dream job: Own and manage real estate
Randy’s Places: Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Incorporated, Office of International Education, and Center for Latino Studies.
High School Places: Karate, Baseball, volunteering
First-Generation Student: Yes
Reach out to Randy: or Randy_mray 


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