Maria H. Andrade-Reyes
Milt & Debbie Valera EOP Resilient Scholars Program Peer Mentor
Preferred pronoun: She/Her/Hers (Ella/Su/Suya)
Major: Art Education
Expected graduation date: May 2021
Role model: My Parents are my role models. They came to USA to follow the American Dream. They work long hours daily to provide us with a hot meal, good health and whatever else they were able to provide.
Favorite subject: Photography
Favorite hobbies: Listening to music, walking on the beach, road trips, soapmaking, and floral design.
Favorite quote: “Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Ruth Bader Gingsburg
I can’t live without: My Family and music
Something people might not know about me: Some of my photographs and art has been published in different Photography magazines and zines.
If you could hang out with someone you admire (from the past or current), who would it be and why? If I can hang out with someone from the past, it would be Frida Kahlo. She has and continues to be such an inspiration for me, a person who worked so hard despite of her back and leg injuries and her strong personality she had. Another person I would like to hang out now is Guillermo Del Toro. I love all his movies, such as The Orphanage, and Pan’s Labyrinth. Both movies have great graphics, amazing monsters, and great stories behind.
If you could change the world, what would you do? If I can change the world I would change and have a world where race, color, gender, all have the same rights. A world that is safe and violence does not exist. A world that is concerned with the environment and its flora and fauna.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In Ten years, I see myself with a PhD-in Education and working as an administrative director in the higher education school system.
What makes you resilient? What makes me resilient is; no matter how many times I have fallen, I come right up. I am tenacious.