We are happy to introduce some of
our new Latin@ students sharing their hopes, dreams, and expectations
with the community.
"¿Qué Pasa, OSU?"
is an interesting magazine that is a crucial foundation
for the developing Latino community here at OSU."
Fabian Jarrin grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated
from a small private catholic school called Saint Anselm's
Abbey. Others in his family have attended and graduated
from college, e.g. mother, father, brother, aunt, and cousins.
His major is Pre-Business.
"I chose Ohio State because of its excellent business
school and its multitude of resources. It was also highly
recommended. I expect to acquire wisdom, while having fun."
"My concerns about my first year are the classes I
will have to take next quarter, but we are going over that
in my survey course, so I really have no major concerns.
You need to make a mental plan for what to do in college
and monitor your time properly. You must study, but you
must also party or have fun."
"I did participate in some of the activities of Welcome
Week; I found them informative, helpful, and fun. There
are many organizations on campus that target Latin@s and
I plan to get involved with organizations such as Alpha
Psi Lambda, Club Tropical, and SALSA. These organizations
are appealing because they allow you to meet other Latin@s
here at OSU. I haven't really used any services here at
OSU, but I am glad to know they are available when I need
""¿Qué Pasa, OSU?"
has been very useful to let me know what's coming up at
Elizabeth grew up in Miami, Pittsburgh, and graduated from
Beavercreek High School, Ohio. Her grandparents went to
college. Her parents are physicians who earned their titles
from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Her major is Biology/Pre-med
and plans to become a physician.
"I chose OSU because of their promising academic programs
towards medicine. Plus, I received a wonderful scholarship
from OMA. I expect that I'll be in challenging classes in
which I'll have to study more than I did in high school.
I also expect to meet a variety of new people and participate
in many social groups. I hope to experience a new lifestyle
that involves meeting new people. I'm so worried that I'm
not going to study hard enough for tests or quizzes, or
that I'll be left behind in my academic process."
"To succeed at OSU, I will definitely need guidance.
However, I'm happy to say that I'm receiving a lot of support
from the school and the advisors."
"I went to the Involvement Fair and Community Commitment.
Both activities were awesome; however, I think that they
need to be planned out a little better. Everything was super
hectic, and no one knew where anything was. At the Involvement
Fair, I was able to find several groups that target Latin@s,
which is great because my high school was mostly Caucasian.
I plan to participate in Folklore Hispano, and hope to pledge
for Alpha Psi Lambda during Winter quarter. Both OMA and
the Honors & Scholars Program have been extremely helpful.
They provide tutors and reliable advisors to help you during
"[To succeed at Ohio State one needs]
One thing: dedication. No matter what your major is, what
classes you take, what extracurriculars you partake in,
or who your friends are, as long as one stays focused on
all the good that can come in the end then nothing else
Juan Cabrera grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended
St. Xavier High School. His father graduated from the University
of Cincinnati with an Associates Degree. His two eldest
sisters graduated from Mount Saint Joseph University. His
major is political science.
"The main reason I chose Ohio State was because of
its size, both in terms of physical land area and population.
OSU is so big that it is not difficult to make your own
little niche within a giant student body. I also love how
the campus feels like its own little city with activity
"My expectations for my first year are to receive
at least a 3.0 GPA, become a member of a fraternity, and
get involved with many different extracurriculars, clubs,
sports, and social groups. I expect nothing but an amazing
life changing experience at OSU. I've only been here three
weeks, yet I feel like I've grown so much, become so independent,
made so many friends, and impacted many others' lives as
well. My only concern is balancing social activities with
academics. One can become so involved in the fun aspect
of college that their grades begin to slip. Other than that,
I think everything will be all right. Some students graduate
with a 2.0 GPA, but are so happy because they remained dedicated
to the idea of graduating. Just apply that concept to anything
and one is set for life."
"I did participate in many activities during Welcome
Week, including rushing fraternities, playing various intramural
sports, and attending various meetings. Though it was difficult
sometimes to pick and choose which meetings I wanted to
attend, I believe it all worked out for the best in the
end. Welcome Week can be overwhelming for any freshman who
is eager to join various groups. Just take a breather and
realize that no everything has to happen in the first week."
"I am aware of a few of the programs targeting the
Latino community, including the co-ed fraternity. I have
yet to search out many of these programs, but I do plan
to when my schedule calms down. I haven't yet utilized many
of the services here at OSU yet. But I do plan to check
out the Younkin Success Center and the Ohio Union soon.
I have read the magazine, of course!!! I read last month's
issue cover to cover, including the intro from Erica Lerma,
the rush chair of the co-ed Latino fraternity. Awesome woman."
"Self-discipline, self-respect, self-control,
motivation, and initiative are all necessary to succeed
in life and at Ohio State."
Jacqueline grew up in Richmond Hts., Ohio, graduated from
Villa Angela St. Joseph High School and is the first person
in her family to attend college. Her major is architecture.
"I chose Ohio State over other universities because
I really felt welcomed, and I knew that there are so many
opportunities here. My major and the location were also
important considerations. I expect to grow more independent
and to learn more about myself as a person. I hope that
I can learn more about my major and become passionate about
architecture. I want to build a foundation for my career.
My only concern is that I am able to be in a safe environment."
"I participated in various activities during Welcome
Week including the Convocation, the involvement Fair, and
the Community Commitment Service Project. I think Welcome
Week was a great way to start off the year. It was very
well organized and left me even more motivated. I am aware
of the student organizations targeting Latin@s. I plan to
get involved in OHSEA (Organization of Hispanic Students
in Engineering and Architecture) because it will be a way
to learn more about opportunities. The Office of Minority
Affairs has been very helpful. I have read "¿Qué
"[I hope to] maintain high grades and
get involved. Whatever I do need to succeed, I believe OSU
has it already."
Phillip Moncayo graduated from Dublin Coffman High School.
His father graduated from West Point, New York, and received
a Masters from Georgia Tech. His mother attended college
at the University of Maryland. Phillip is in the Pre-Civil
Engineering program and is planning to specialize in Environmental
"I choose OSU because it has so much to offer. From
the countless major options to all the student organizations
around campus; not a lot of universities can offer what
OSU offers to its students. I expect to receive the highest
degree of education which OSU has to offer. As a first year
student, I plan on setting goals to prevent me from slacking
in my education. Like everyone else, I am hoping to experience
a great college career."
"The Welcome Week activities were well organized and
interesting. I was glad to see all the student organizations
out and promoting themselves which gave me an idea of possible
organizations to join. I am well aware of Alpha Psi Lambda,
OSU's co-ed Latino fraternity. I am also aware of OSU's
organization for Hispanic Engineers. I am planning to join
at least one of the organizations."
"To succeed at Ohio State I think that
I need to just remember to stay focused and not forget that
while school is extremely important it's okay to have fun
Nicole Soria, or Nicki, went to Loveland High School. Her
parents are college graduates. Her major is aviation.
"I chose OSU because I really like the atmosphere
of being at a big school and getting to know a lot of different
people that come from different backgrounds and have different
histories, cultures and experiences to share. My expectations
as a first year student at Ohio State are simply to grow
as a person and to stretch myself to the limit and, then,
perhaps go a little bit farther. I hope my experiences at
Ohio State will be positive and memorable. I don't really
have any concerns about my first year at Ohio State."
"I participated in the activities that went on during
Welcome Week. I am aware of a few of the organizations on
campus that are targeting Latin@s. I plan to look into them
and perhaps get involved in a few. Currently I'm looking
at Salsa, and also another one that an RA at my building
is taking me to. I like to get involved in these types of
organizations because I love. . . my culture and being around
people who love it also. Along with Spanish groups, I am
also involved in MUNDO and Allies for Diversity because
I think it's important that we take a look at all cultures
with respect. Offices that have been helpful so far have
been my Honors Advisor, the transportation, the buckid,
and a few others. I've read ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?
Lydia Letticia Sandoval
"There are so many organizations
to get involved in and people to meet, you can never get
bored. There is so much school spirit and pride; it definitely
makes you want to be a part of it."
Lydia graduated from Fremont Ross High School. Her brother
graduated from college, and her mother graduates next year.
Her major is Pre-vet, undecided, but probably will change
to animal science.
"I decided to come to Ohio State because I love how
big it is. Plus, it has one of the top vet schools in the
country, so that helped. My expectations as a first-year
student are that I will become adjusted to college life
and do well in my classes. I hope my experience at Ohio
State is a great one. I know that college is not for everyone,
but I think and hope I will like it. I want to have fun
in and out of class. People say these are the best years
of our lives, so I hope it is true. My concerns for the
first year are that I will let other things come in the
way of my school work. I can't forget the reason I am here,
and that is to get a higher education."
"In order to succeed at Ohio State I think you need
to have time management. As long as you know school comes
first and you get the assignments done along with the studying,
you will do fine. At least, I hope so. I also think you
need goals. Goals will help you aim high so you can succeed."
"I did participate in Welcome Week. I think it would
have been a lot more fun if it did not rain. It was way
too crowded in the stadium and I really didn't get to see
all of the different organizations they had to offer. I
am aware that Ohio State has many different Latin@ organizations,
but I do not know their names or information. Right now,
I am only aware of two and I would like more information
about different ones. I am very interested in joining an
organization, but I do not have the information I need to
make that decision. The Office of Minority Affairs has definitely
been helpful to me. When I came down for orientation, I
wanted to switch my major and they were the only ones that
told me what to do and who to see. I have only read the
magazine ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? once and that was
the one you sent me."
Lia Lissette Letellier Luna
"I have read "¿Qué
Pasa, OSU?", and I find it interesting to see how the
people from different cultures adapt and succeed in this
American society, and how much they make their country proud."
Lia grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and graduated from Gahanna
Lincoln High School. Most of her family attended college,
either in the U.S. or Peru. Her dad is a Marine Biologist.
Her major is Textiles and Clothing and hopes to become a
Fashion Designer. Lia came to OSU because it is an excellent
school, and because it has an excellent textiles and clothing
"My expectations as a first year student are to get
excellent grades, to be prepared to face any challenges,
and to make lots of good friends. I hope and know that my
experience in Ohio State will help me to get through life,
not only as a professional, but help me to gain independence,
and face the everyday challenges. My concerns are the midterms
and final exams, knowing that they count as a good part
of my final grade I don't want to mess up."
"To succeed in Ohio State, I need lots of time to
concentrate in my school work, gain experience, and know
how to manage my time."
"I participated at some of the activities of Welcome
Week. My reaction was that the event was well organized,
knowing that so many people were going to be there. I will
love to get involved in one of the Hispanic organizations.
I will like to join the Spanish Club because I will meet
and interact with people that come from the same or similar
background like me. All of the offices that I've been in
have helped me in everything that I needed, for example,
Office of Minority Affairs, Kuhns Honors and Scholars House,
International Affairs Scholars, and MSLC."
Photography for this article provided by Francie Buschur.