Senior Profile: Gisela Fuentes-Amaya (Hispanic Studies ’19)

I was struggling concentrating, stuck with writer’s block and a blank page in front of me. So, to ease my mind, I grabbed my favorite blanket, my laptop and my notebook and laid it down by a tree behind my dorm. Being careful of the ants around my feet and soaking in the sun that filtered through Zable Stadium, I got to work. At one point, I put my pencil down and took in my surroundings. My blanket, decorated with the colors of a rainbow, comforted me as I composed my thoughts. It was a gift, brought from El Salvador, a reminder of the love, patience and hard work put in by my parents to get me to where I am today. Not only was I able to graduate early, my last semester was spent studying abroad in Spain where my eyes were opened to a bigger, more colorful world, much like my blanket. And though I can talk about my many struggles and accomplishments, what I really took away from my time at William and Mary is to acknowledge and celebrate diversity and difference now and in the future as a proud W&M alumna.

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