Yulissa Gomez

Yulissa Gomez
Columbiaville, NY
Year of Graduation

Why SUNY Oneonta?

I’m part of the CAMP program and EOP program, and having that financial support was really wonderful. I also loved the campus. It’s beautiful.

My Activities

Outreach Coordinator for the Multicultural Community Center, ambassador and mentor for CAMP, member of Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and Phi Sigma Iota honor society, HOLA club

Best Experiences

Working as an ambassador and mentor for CAMP has been really good. I had three or four mentees and I met with them and got to help them when they needed it and influence them. I also had a mentor when I was a freshman, and I think that was very helpful, so it was a nice way to give back to CAMP. Last year, I started a Farm Workers Awareness Week with CAMP and this year we want to make it bigger. That was a great experience. Getting into three different national honor societies was a huge thing for me, too. I was so happy.

It will feel so good when I graduate. I am a first-generation college student, and I grew up in Mexico. My parents decided to bring me to the U.S. when I was 12. Education is important to them, and I always had that in my mind because of them. I never thought I’d be here. My parents are very proud of me.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

I want to focus on bilingual education, working with little kids, in kindergarten, first grade or second grade. I speak Spanish and English so I feel like I have a passion for that – teaching Spanish to other students, especially little children. I am a big activist, so I’m interested in anything that has to do with educating children and putting awareness out there. I think I want to work in a small school. I worked two years ago in a bilingual private school in Albany, and I really loved it. That’s the kind of feel I want.

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