Live Your Story at Molloy
Wendy Espinosa, '17
When her friend encouraged Wendy Espinosa to attend a Mentoring Latinas session she was hesitant. However, the friend was so enthusiastic about the program, and so persistent in encouraging her to try it, that the Mineola High School student finally agreed to give the program a chance. "Once I attended the Mentoring Latinas program at Molloy, I regretted not doing it sooner," she said.
Both the mentees and mentors are young Latina women who share a common culture. Often the mentors of the program are the first-generation in their family to attend college. They act as role models for the high school students by demonstrating that attending college is achievable.
By the time Wendy was a senior in high school she knew she wanted to attend college. "Molloy was my first choice," she said. "I attended a college fair, and applied for admission right there and was accepted on the spot. I was so thrilled!"
Wendy came to Molloy as a freshman with an undeclared major, but ultimately decided to study speech language pathology. "One of the very first things I did when I got to campus was contact the Office of Experiential Learning," she said. "That is the office that oversees the Mentoring Latinas Program. I walked in and told them I wanted to 'give back' and become a mentor in the program. The program had done so much for me."
During her four years as a Molloy student, Wendy took advantage of many service opportunities in addition to her work as a mentor. She visited North Dakota to assist at the Boys and Girls Club on the Lakota reservation, she attended the alternative spring break in New Orleans and helped rebuild houses and the ecosystem damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and she was a counselor for the Rising Star Camp held on the Molloy campus during the summer.
After graduating from Molloy, Wendy remained on campus working temporarily in the Career Center and then the Student Solution Center. When a permanent job opened in the Office of Experiential Learning she applied and was hired as the program coordinator for the office. "I am so excited to have this opportunity," said Wendy. "I know what it takes to make the programs interesting to students. I am looking forward to growing the programs and making them even better. I love Molloy. It's my second home."