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Maria Alvarez

Maria Alvarez

EPIC Mentor



Graduation Year

Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and a minor in Sociology

How did you discover Western?
I discovered Western through a friend who was a current student at the university. I grew up always visiting CU Boulder but I realized the huge campus wouldn’t fit my needs, which pushed me to start looking outside of home and I fell in love with the Western Campus after visiting the winter before my freshman year. My friend gave me a tour of the university and I loved the close-knit community as well as the campus itself.

What are some of the highlights of your time at Western?
Before COVID, one of my favorite events through the University’s Multicultural Center was Carnaval which is a Mardi Gras/Latino-style event held at the local sports bar, Timbers. For this event, it is the only time students are allowed into a bar; being an 18+ event. As a member of the Amigos Club, I helped with the set-up, running of and clean-up of the event at the end of the night. It is one the highlights of my time at Western because I was able to work with a group of people (who later became my family) run an event I had never been a part of. Although with COVID things have changed, I am still able to surround myself with this supportive group of people who I am now able to call family.

What most excites you about your major?
Currently, I am excited to start getting into learning more about my emphasis since it is something I want to do in the future. I’m hoping to learn more about managing and how to run things so that possibly one day in the future, I can do that myself. I also really enjoy my sociology classes since I am able to share my opinion as well as discuss other points of view regarding any topic we are debating at the time.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
My favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley has to be the people. Everywhere I go, people are always welcoming and nice; smiling as they walk through town or through a store.

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