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Rewards come with paving way for younger students

For Luz-April Pulgarin, spending the summer on campus as an orientation adviser proved to be a rewarding experience. “It was amazing,” she says. “It was one of the best summers I’ve had.”

Pulgarin, a 19-year-old junior from Bayside who is a double major in systems and industrial engineering and Italian, was one of about 20 advisers who assisted incoming freshmen and their families during a number of two-day sessions.

The days were often “hectic,” Pulgarin says: up by 7 a.m. for meetings, followed by lectures and programs for the incoming students, and lunches, dinners and Late Nite sessions, as well. The advisers also spent time providing academic guidance.

“A lot of (our help) was academic,” Pulgarin says. “What classes to take or what majors to pursue. We would show them the path to the majors they may be interested in.”

The advisers themselves also became close, Pulgarin says, during their summer together.

“We became great friends,” she says. “Even now, we still go out to eat. Even though we have different majors and some people live on campus or off campus, we make the effort to get together and hang out.”

Marinda Souva, assistant director of new student programs, says Pulgarin’s welcoming personality and work ethic were perfect for the orientation program.

“She’s a great student,” Souva says. “She is able to put others at ease and you can tell she is passionate about what she decides to get involved in. She was always up, always smiling and always ready to go.”

Pulgarin is continuing to help younger students by becoming a resident assistant in Mountainview’s Marcy Hall. She also serves as president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, works with the Engineering Design Division and plays club soccer.

She hopes to spend next summer in Italy on a study-abroad program. Pulgarin, who speaks fluent Spanish and is now learning to speak Italian, says she fell in love with the country while visiting during her junior year of high school.

Long-term goals include graduate school and possibly a career in business.

“It feels like once you’re here and start meeting the right people, things start coming your way,” she says. “I never thought I’d be part of so many things.”







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Last Updated: 12/1/09