THANKS FOR YOUR GIFT. IT MATTERS TO STUDENTS LIKE GLORIELA.
“I am very honored to have been chosen as a LEAD Scholar. From the moment I found out that I was accepted into this program, I felt very fortunate. My future at the University of Michigan is an exciting adventure full of opportunities that will help me discover my unique place in the world, and this is in large part thanks to LEAD donors.
As a Puerto Rican girl growing up in New York City, my cultural background requires me to balance the seemingly polarized worlds of being American and Puerto Rican. However, these emotional and cultural struggles have allowed me to have an immensely strong global identity, and I can connect and be comfortable with people of different backgrounds. I am excited to see what I can bring to Michigan as a LEAD Scholar. LEAD inspires me to push my own limits, emphasizing the importance of diversity on campus and collaboration for the betterment of society. The values represented by the LEAD program mirror the values of the person I want to become: one who embraces the ideals of leadership, excellence, achievement, and diversity in order to become a positive influence in the world around me.
I envision my journey at Michigan to be full of life-changing opportunities. As a LEAD Scholar, I will be part of a group that allows me to focus on what’s important to me, such as community service. I have volunteered as an assistant catechist, a theater camp counselor, and as a social media organizer of a non-profit organization. These activities are very different in many ways, but each one has made me more compassionate and socially conscious. I am profoundly fulfilled by the simple joy of making another person happy. The possibility of taking this passion and using it to enhance Michigan’s campus and eventually the world is very exciting to me. I believe universities are a country’s center of culture and represent the future of a nation. The LEAD program is enabling future generations of Americans to be active, conscious members of their community.
I wouldn’t be attending a great university like Michigan without donor support. You helped make Michigan a place that provides diverse opportunities that will help prepare me and my fellow classmates for life’s challenges.
Thank you for making all of this possible. I am ready for the adventure.”
– Gloriela Iguina-Colón, ’18 LSA