By Gabby Cavazos SAN ANTONIO—Providence is one word that sums up senior Esdiy Perez’s journey to Our Lady of the Lake University. With one visit, Perez was immediately captivated by the presence and beauty of the Lake. “I visited the chapel, sat down and talked to God about the journey ahead of me, and felt a warm feeling in my heart that told me this was the institution for me,” said Perez. Perez will be graduating in December with a major in Psychology with a concentration in pre-counseling and a Spanish minor. A strong passion for serving and helping others stemmed Perez to pursuing psychology as a major and future career. “It’s a field where you have so much flexibility in terms of what you want to do because you become knowledgeable on the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of a person,” she said. “As the years progressed, I found myself falling in love with everything about psychology.” Perez will leave OLLU with a number of leadership positions in various campus clubs and organizations underneath her belt. Throughout her undergraduate career, Perez has become Treasurer and New Member Educator for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Director for Awakening Retreat, First Year Connection Program Mentor, and Leadership Institute for Freshmen Excellence Program Mentor. “These extracurricular activities pushed me to become a woman who shows motivation, dedication, and love for everything that I do,” she said. Perez has racked up these accomplishments, and will be the first of her family to receive a college education in the United States. “I am extremely thankful for my mom and grandmother who have sacrificed so much in their life to give me the opportunity to be here. I want nothing more in this world to make them proud of the person they have helped shaped,” said Perez. As she takes on a new chapter of her life, Perez will remain emotionally connected to OLLU and all the memories created as a Saint. “Every moment that I live surrounded by people and things that I love on campus have become my ‘favorite moment,’” she said. “I have enjoyed my time at OLLU and I will forever cherish it.”
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