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Once-shy student becomes a leader

For some students, the biggest lessons learned during college have little to do with academics.

Nallely Estevez said she was introverted and entirely focused on academics during her freshman year. Working as an orientation advisor the following summer changed her forever, she said, helping her to “break out of her shell.”

Marinda Souva, assistant director of Campus Life for new student programs, said Estevez has developed into a true leader, one whose flexibility, enthusiasm and love of the University paid dividends as she helped to plan this year’s orientation for new students.

“I would trust her with any project,” Souva said of Estevez. “She has an infinite amount of patience, and she doesn’t ever complain.”

Estevez is still somewhat quiet, but now feels more outgoing and comfortable meeting new people. This year she’ll put those traits to use as a resident assistant in Hinman College.

Estevez, 19, was born in the Dominican Republic and lived there and in the Bronx. The oldest of three children, she grew up bilingual, speaking Spanish at home and English at school during the years she lived in the United States.

She loves Gabriel Garcia Marquez and other contemporary Latin American writers. She’s also a movie buff who enjoys dramas such as Requiem for a Dream and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Now a junior, Estevez is majoring in financial economics and Spanish. She hopes to put her business skills to use in a Spanish-speaking country and may one day pursue a master’s in accounting or an MBA.

“I’m getting a broader view in terms of how economics works,” she said. “That’s the foundation of the business world. It’s a good base.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08