This page was created in order to honor our Hermanas who have graduated UC Merced, remembering our motto:
Once an Hermana, Always an Hermana!
The image displayed above pictures some Alumni Hermanas who graduated UC Merced in 2013. The photo was taken on Senoritas Night, an annual event that honors graduating seniors. From left to right: Samantha Arollo, Erica Pena, Paola Tovar, Julie Cordova, Michelle Martinez, Yolanda Ramos, Zenia Ibarra, Viviana Zheng, and Ruth Benitez.
Below are a few words Alumni would like to share with you!
Hola, Her-manas ^_^ So my name is Erika, but some of the hermanas baptized me with Star, Lucero, Senior Citizen, whichever is easier to remember. I was around when Hermanas was just starting, explains the “senior citizen.” I graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. I am residing in Orange County, Santa Ana. I am currently a Behavioral Interventionist in Irvine and I am also doing research in Developmental Psychology. I’ll be working on my masters very soon as well as my teachers credential. I could tell you all the things you probably already heard: don’t give up, it’ll be worth it, but I think it’s okay to fall and hit rock bottom. Sometimes we need to fall hard to get back up stronger, so don’t feel bad when that happens. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen and how many times these girls have been there to help me get back up. You girls are more than welcome to contact me whenever you’d like, whether it’s for academics or a chit chat, I’m here, don’t be shy and speak your mind! And most importantly, use your resources; they’ll get you a long way! One more thing: every May you’ll see the graduation stage being set up, I know it motivated me, and I’m sure it’ll motivate you too! HaU <3 –Your Hermana, Erika Lucero
My name is Julie Cordova and I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. I am from Santa Paula, CA, where I am currently residing with my almost 3 month old daughter, Jesslynn. I currently am not working as I am spending time with my baby, but I plan on returning to school to get my Masters in Social Work when my baby is a little older. I am truly grateful to have been a part of HaU while I was in college because it was my home away from home, literally. My best friends in college were all hermanas and I will forever cherish every moment I spent with all the ladies and gentlemen I met while in hermanas. My advice to you ladies is never give up no matter how hard things get, because all the hard work will be worth it in the end. Also don't deprive yourself of time for fun things, especially when you feel overwhelmed since we all deserve a break now and then. If I was able to finish school while perhaps, fat and tired you can all do it as well lol. And if you ever happen to stop by in my little town or if you need anyone to talk to I'm here for all you, regardless if I know you or not. Feel free to contact me whenever (you can get my information from steering or find me on Facebook lol). I wish you all the best of luck and I hope you all enjoy HaU as much as I did. Much hermana love, your hermana always, Julie((:
Hello to all my Hermanas, to the ones I miss dearly and those with new faces I have not yet had the opportunity to meet. My name is Gloria Mejia and I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I am residing in Corona, so if anyone is ever in the areas of the Inland Empire or Orange County “Holla” at your hermana! Or if you ever have questions, feel free to message me. I began work with The Learning Path Academy of Corona (TLPAC) and recently started working with THINK Together as a Program Leader. Being a recent graduate brings so many different feelings. I know I felt excited, relieved I had finally accomplished my goal at UC Merced, and nervous because ‘the real world’ was ahead of me. Now, I’m not going to lie, it can be a little nerve-wrecking, but staying positive and feeling accomplished really helped me through the struggle of job hunting and finding the next path that was right for me. I plan on applying for grad school for spring ’14; meanwhile I will be gaining experience in the field and saving to pay for graduate school. It is so competitive and I recommend that you ladies and gentlemen start looking into possible work locations that may interest you. Do your research on how you can make yourself standout, more experienced and better equipped for the possible positions you will be applying for once you’ve received your degree. Study hard and make the best of your college experience. I wish you all nothing but the best and I hope to meet you all one day.
Con mucho cariño, Gloria E. Mejia Co-Chair 2010-2011 Founding Mother of HaU de UC Merced
Hi, I am Martha Loza a 2012 Hermana Alumni and a Founding Mother. I majored in Political Science with an emphasis in International Affairs and minored in both Psychology and Management. I plan on continuing my education and peruse a law degree. One bit of advice I would give is always try to do as much as you can, whenever you can. Take advantage of every opportunity given to you and if you have the chance to work or intern anywhere, even if it is unpaid or has nothing to do with what your future goals are, take it anyway because when it comes time for employment everyone looks for experience, especially recent experience of any kind. It is a tough world out there and you need to find a way to set yourself apart not just academically. Having that said it helps to have the support of your Hermanas =). I currently reside in the Bay Area so if you find yourself in the area do not be shy to contact me!
Bienvenidos a la familia!! My name is Ruth Benitez. I graduated from UC Merced in 2013 and earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I’m from Southern California from a small town called Santa Paula that is located in Ventura County.
Hermanas Unidas for me was something that I had heard of prior to going to college and when the opportunity came along to be a part of it I’m glad I took it! HaU plays a big role in my life, even after college. I created life long friendships, gained professional etiquette and made amazing memories!! For those of who have recently joined or are current members, but are still trying to figure out what it means to be an Hermana, I hope you give the organization a chance to show you what Hermandad is all about. I promise you it will be worth your time and you will be surprised as to what you take from your experience with us!! :) Poder de la Mujer!! HaU<3 Feel free to contact me if you’re ever in the area or just want to talk or have any questions 805- 340-9616 firstname.lastname@example.org
Con Hermandad, Ruth Benitez HaU de UCM Founding Mother
I majored in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. I am from a small town in the Central Valley called Lindsay, but currently I am living with my boyfriend in Strathmore. Before graduation I began applying for jobs in my area and was offered a position at Lindsay Unified School District's Family Resource Center as a program evaluator. I send off reports to First Five of Tulare county to keep our funding and resources for 0-5 year olds. I am also employed by Family Services of Tulare County and am a visit supervisor for child welfare services cases (when children are removed from their home). With the experience that I am gaining I hope to one day return to school to get my masters, in what, is still pending. Advice I give to girls is intern, find a part time job or volunteer, I was fortunate to find a job quickly due to my experience. It's pretty much work and more work after graduation, so enjoy your freedom in college.
Hello there! I am Yolanda Ramos. I'm a UC Merced alumna, class of 2013 and HaU rookie class of 2012. I majored in Literature and wrote my thesis on Vogue magazine. I currently tutor elementary children. I'm on the fence between two concentrations in obtaining my Master's degree, so I'm taking time off to decide what I want to do with my life. For those you who are still undergraduates I encourage you to get involved in other campus activities and offer this advice: don't be afraid to take on the role as a leader and build relationships with your professors- you'll need them for stellar recommendation letters. I'm originally from Merced but am now residing in Atwater, so I certainly am available to you all and hope to see you at upcoming events! Besos, Yoli
My name is Clarissa Hidalgo. I graduated from UC Merced Spring 2012 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I am from Orosi, Ca and reside in Turlock. Ca. Currently, I am studying to receive my Masters in Social Work(MSW) from CSU Stanislaus.
My advice: Don't take life too fast, it'll be there and take advantage of everything, especially free stuff. Study abroad, do it all, get the true college experience. Make memories, study hard, and have fun. Don't let anybody or anything get in the way of your goals, keep your eyes on the prize. Of course mis hermanas can contact me anytime! (559)871-3180. Don't be shy, I'm only 45 minutes away!