“Throughout my academic career I have sought to get the most
out of my education. Fortunately, the
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology has provided me with many
opportunities to do just that with the technological atmosphere and cultivating
learning environment. Having an impact
on others has always been important for me, but, as it turned out, it was the
faculty and fellow classmates that had the ultimate impact on me. I am confident that through my experiences at
IUP, and Eberly in particular, I will have the ability to offer immediate value
wherever my journey takes me.”
I am a senior Board of Governor scholar of Puerto Rican
descent and currently reside in North Philadelphia, Pa. I am pursuing a degree in finance. I sit here a semester away from my undergraduate
graduation and cannot help but reflect on my academic career thus far.
When I began my final year in high school, I cannot say that
I knew without a doubt that I would be attending college for the years to
come. Instead, my intentions were to
enroll in the Marines and hoped to finance a college education through those
means. After receiving multiple
scholarships and a long talk with my school counselor, I was enabled and
motivated to demonstrate my capabilities at the next level.
Scholarships substantially increased my accessibility to a
college education, and, as I made my decision for which institution I would
ultimately matriculate into, I considered the school that would best promote
two important factors: opportunity for
growth, both as a person and an aspiring professional, and opportunity for
impact. When visiting IUP with the MVP
Scholars Group, I quickly learned of the environment and opportunities set by
the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, hearing about the
Student Managed Investment Portfolio and technology such as the Bloomberg lab
that provides a hands-on learning environment for students to grow. I decided to attend IUP.
As I arrived to IUP’s campus, I immediately sought out ways
to be involved and demonstrate my value and impact to the institution. I soon learned that I could help the Latino
community on IUP’s campus and set out to do just that. During my first
semester, I began to work for the IUP Marketing Department as a student
photographer and got heavily involved with Caring About Latino Student
Achievement (CALSA), a faculty/student-developed MARTI program concerned about
the quality of education and aimed at promoting retention, graduate, and
professional schools as a means to continuing education for all students.
Though CALSA does not necessarily work with those who are on
academic probation, we have made efforts to help students progress and work
toward their goals. CALSA has deployed
initiatives in an attempt to provide students with essential tools to remain
competitive and elevate their return on investment as they seek to succeed at
the conclusion of their undergraduate experience. With that, I have personally offered
professional workshops such as, “LinkedIn: The Professional” where I partnered with fellow business students as an
attempt to successfully reach 50 students. Additionally, under some advisement, I have also formed study sessions
with hopes to offer mentorship.
A colleague and I, through CALSA, united the IUP Latino
community by organizing and hosting the first annual Latino Student
Reception. It brought together student
organizations and was open to all students. It is now an annual event held early in the fall semesters.
I have learned that my responsibilities carry well beyond
affiliated activities as I had to ensure that students observing my actions
outside of those events received the same message that we hoped they all took
home with them. I am fortunate to have
had the opportunity to impact the lives and education of others in a positive
Marc has been hired by Vanguard as a client relationship specialist in the Retail Service department (as of May 2016).