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Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Sonia Escamilla

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Sonia, one of our current students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program!

IMG_1727[1]My name is Sonia Escamilla, and I am a first-year graduate student in the Education Leadership and Policy department. I am also a current graduate assistant in the Center for Intercultural Engagement. Although I have moved multiple times around the country in my life, I call Milwaukee my home. I was born and mostly raised on the southside over the 16th street bridge. My family is my mother, one sister, two brothers, three nephews and one niece. We are all very sarcastic yet loving individuals, and very close with one another. My family is my motivation for everything that I do. I come from a first-generation, single-parent home that was always supportive of my dream to go to college. I also attended Marquette University for my undergraduate career. I graduated in 2016, receiving my degree in Biomedical Sciences. I am the first in my family to pursue a graduate degree and the plan isn’t to stop here!

My favorite educational experience was being part of EOP (Educational Opportunity Program). This TRIO program is designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds be successful in college, and that it did. I am forever grateful for this program, without EOP I may not have been granted the opportunity to go to college, grow as a professional and not only expand my network but have a family on campus. This program helped me become acclimated to campus, meet inspiring individuals, and overall expanding my knowledge.

An exciting opportunity coming up is that I will completing my summer practicum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, working as the STEM Activities Director for Pre-Orientation Programs. This program will welcome students interested in pursuing a STEM career. This will help me prepare for my long-term goal, being an administrative position specifically for a STEM related program. I have never been to the east coast, so I am very excited to enhance my professional development while exploring a new part of the country.

I was drawn to the College of Education through a friend/mentor of mine who also went through the same program. I wanted to pursue a program that I could still return to my first love (STEM) but be in a position to help students be successful in this realm. I also knew that this program would improve helpful skills that are essential to be successful in an administrative role. I ultimately chose Marquette over other competing programs due to the way the curriculum is set up and the assistantship that was also offered in my package. Having an assistantship and practicums included in the curriculum, I knew I would get the needed experience to be a confident and trusted professional. Almost one year in the program, I know I made the right decision thanks to a supportive faculty and cohort.

Outside of the classroom and off campus, I am extremely social and involved. I love traveling, biking, dancing, listening to music, watching sports, volunteering in my community, and love learning new things. In between all these fun things, I LOVE spending time with my family especially babysitting for my nephews and niece. I also love spending my time with my sorority sisters of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. Milwaukee is a great place to explore, try new foods and simply spend time with all my loved ones.

My inspiration is my family. I grew up in extremely humble upbringings and I never imagined myself being in the position that I am in today. Everything I strive for is in the name of my family’s hard work and the sacrifices they made.


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