Student Esme SotoEsmeralda Soto graduated in May, 2018 with a degree in business administration and minors in marketing and Spanish.

“I’m from Waukegan, Illinois. I’m the oldest of four. A lot of responsibility came with being the oldest. I love spending time with friends and family. I wish to travel the world. I love watching documentaries. I’m obsessed with conspiracy theories.

What made me come to Marian? When I was a senior in high school, I came to campus to watch a men’s basketball game when they played (UW – Wisconsin) Stevens Point. The fact that a lot of Marian students were at the game and they were spirited, made me feel welcomed and left me with an awesome feeling. After that weekend, I walked around campus, then heard about the smaller class sizes. I liked the idea of being able to communicate with my professors, one-on-one. After being here, I really loved my professors. I feel like I got lucky to have the best ones ever. They were really invested in me (and all their students).

On campus, I worked in the admission office and was in charge of their social media. I was also a tour guide. I liked having fun with and impacting incoming students and helping them make their decision on their college. In my senior year, I was awarded the Business Administration Student of the Year! Never would have guessed that! Anything really is possible! I was also awarded the Erroll B Davis, Jr., Minority Achievement Award and inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Society.

My advice to incoming students is set goals for yourself your freshmen year then carry them with you. It can be tough in college, so get involved and don’t be afraid to meet new people. Join a club or organization.”