University of Detroit Mercy
Independent Student of the Day
Melissa Guerra is an international transfer student at the University of Detroit Mercy from Belize, Central America. She is a senior majoring in economics and political science with minors in philosophy and business. Melissa is grateful to have obtained a generous scholarship from UDM to further her studies here in the United States.
Since enrollment, she has been involved across campus. Melissa works as a Presidential Ambassador for the Office of the President and as a Resident Advisor in the dorms. She is also a writing center consultant and president of the economics club. But, all of this involvement does not stop Melissa from succeeding academically; she won the Dean’s Gold Key Award for Academic Excellence and has made the Dean’s List.
Melissa also thinks it important to give back to her school and community. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and the Hispanic-American Student Association club. She credits these extracurriculars with expanding her perspective on different issues through engagement in community service and cultural awareness efforts. "The University of Detroit Mercy has provided me with ample opportunities to grow in a holistic way, integrating intellectual, ethical, and social aspects," Melissa says.
I’m motivated by the need to become an educated individual in order to participate in the much-needed growth and development of my country, Belize. My family and friends are my support system and they motivate me in all possible ways.
My latest accomplishments
I was the recipient of the Resident Advisor of the Year Award (2013-2014).
Next big goal
My career goals center on the diplomatic relationships between Belize and other countries. After graduation, I intend to pursue my passion for international relations by obtaining my master's degree and/or Ph.D. I hope to attain a scholarship to aid me in this goal.
Why is choosing your own path important?
Choosing your own path allows you the responsibility to lead your life in the ways you want to, with the opportunities you’re given. You choose how to act with the mission you encounter, and I think that that is what makes your life meaningful.
Favorite place on campusThe 2 1/2 floor of the library
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