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Joannie

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Pawtucket, Rhode Island

 

Extracurriculars: painting, Questrom ASCEND Fellowship, Association of Latino Professionals in Business

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Why are you studying business?
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"I plan to concentrate in BA, business analytics, because I want to be a woman in STEM, in business. I was really number based in high school, and I liked math. I figured I could apply that knowledge to business roles, like my sister. She's such a girl boss, I want to be like her."

What objects in your dorm represent your identity or home life?
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"This is Beatrice Boba, I got her as a Secret Santa gift from a friend. The sloth’s name is Pedro. I once got a sloth jibbit for Christmas, but then I had lost it. When we moved out, my mom found it under the fridge. She's like, 'There's Pedro!' The name just came to her. My mom got me this sloth for my birthday as a reminder of her and home for when I need a friend. For my room, I tried to go for a blue cloud vibe. I also love the stars. That's why I have the little moon painting here (on my desk), and the neon moon light."

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What are you struggling with?
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"So yes, I made all these great friends. But I felt that I was losing myself a little bit, if that makes sense. I was trying really hard to be liked. I was not being me. At one point, I was like, is it the people I'm hanging out with? And if so, how can I change that? Because also, it's really hard to be alone in school. And I'm the type of person who really needs their alone time to reflect and recharge. I remember talking to my therapist, she told me to remember that change can be a good thing. And everyone changes because we're still growing up and learning. And whether it's a good or bad thing, it's just gonna come naturally. So that made me feel better."

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