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Sharit Cardenas Lopez '19

MAJOR
Anthropology and Science in Society

ACTIVITIES
Admission Intern 
Member of Ajua Campos
Resident Advisor

HOMETOWN
Oakland, CA

HIGH SCHOOL
Envision Academy of Art and Technology

BIO
I graduated from small public charter high school called Envision Academy. My transition to Wesleyan was rough, as it is expected from most freshman. I was home sick, there was a lot of cultural shock, and confusion in regards to my identity. I was living in an environment were many differences (cultural, economical, racial, etc.) were obvious. Experiencing these differences was something new to me and it was frightening to think about. However, I was able to surround myself with loving and caring individuals and communities that helped me deal with all the challenges and the deriving emotions. I am now a member of Ajua Campos, the Latino group on campus, a Resident Advisor, and an Admission Intern. I have learned to use my voice and the avenues that I have access to to make my opinion heard and attempt to create a better environment for the next group of students, like myself, to attend Wesleyan.

WHY WES
I was not aware of Wesleyans existence until Student Rising Above, a four year scholarship for low income, unrepresented students, informed me about it. As I was completing the application to Wesleyan's TAP program, it never crossed my mind that I would leave warm California to go to school across the country in Connecticut. That quickly changed after stepping on to Wesleyans campus. I instantly felt comfortable and a sense of belonging. By the end of my visit to Wesleyan I was in love with the campus atmosphere created by the students. I knew what that I really liked Wesleyan, but I was unsure of my readiness to leave home, especially moving across the country. Soon I realized that my love for Wesleyan derived from the new adventures, challenges, and opportunities Wesleyan would present to me. Moreover, One of Wesleyan's attributions that I love the most is the strong presence of people of color and social justice, something that is essential to me. After being at Wesleyan for three years I do not regret my choice, I would make the same choice over and over again.

FAVORITE SONG
Honey by Kehlani

FAVORITE MOVIE
I don't have a favorite, but I LOVE Grey's Anatomy!

INTERESTING FACT
I know three languages: Spanish, English and American Sign Language.