Making Southern Methodist University Mine.
By Lisa Salinas
SMU | Class of 2017
Fashion Media, French and Journalism
Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Campus
Event Planner, SMU Retail Club
I am a proud Latina, born and raised in Dallas, TX and a first-generation college student majoring in French Studies, Fashion Media and minoring in Journalism. I come from a single-parent household, where I was always given everything I needed and then some, however I still knew my limitations when it came to financial matters. I attend a private university, Southern Methodist University (SMU), and to be honest, I don’t fit the criteria of the typical student. The university is known for having affluent students, and I attend thanks to a scholarship I was awarded upon entry to the institution. I’m not in any way ashamed of where I come from or who I am —I actually take a lot of pride in it.
My first semester at SMU was challenging. I had never felt like a minority before stepping foot on campus and it was challenging to find people to relate to at first. But, I didn’t let that discourage me from wanting to learn as much as possible and make a lasting impression on my peers and professors.
Today, I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of The Campus Weekly, SMU’s print edition newspaper and The Daily Campus, SMU’s online edition. In this role, I’ve learned how to balance multiple tasks at once, how to handle various types of issues and how to work under pressure. I will take this experience and everything I learn from this role with me to my future career and everyday life situations.
I am also a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. I not only gained friends at the university by joining this sorority, but have built an everlasting sisterhood with women that I know I can always count on. Being a Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority sister has enabled me to become more confident. My sisters inspire me every day through their hard work and ambition —they bring out the best in me. As a sorority, we organize various events throughout the year on and off campus, volunteer at non-profit organizations and strive to be a mechanism of empowerment to all women. Being a part of this sorority, without a doubt, enhances my college experience and ultimately, self-development.
I also enjoy being involved with the SMU Look Show. Producing video packages and segments directly involves my Fashion Media major. As producers and directors of the show, we also get to work behind the scenes in a studio and in front of the camera as anchors. These are skills that I believe will be valuable in my career as well.
I’ve had many opportunities presented to me at SMU, more than I ever thought I would have. I think it’s important to take every opportunity, embrace it and make the most of it. Through entering a university where I thought I would never fit in, I learned one of the most important lessons yet, one that I believe is especially relevant today in the turmoil of our country when it comes to issues of immigration and identity: never be intimidated about not fitting in, as you’ll never know what your place is until you give it a chance. Sometimes, being out of place is exactly where you’re supposed to be.
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