Meet Nancy Aguillón
Minors: American Ethnic Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
After marrying her high school sweetheart, Nancy hopes to pursue a graduate degree in public administration or education. What makes Wake Forest special? “A dedication to education and service are what unite the Wake Forest community,” says Nancy. “Students and faculty share equal commitment to our schooling, and the entire campus embraces a spirit of service.”
Q: How have you grown since your first days on campus?
A: As the first person in my family to go to college, I think the growth has extended to my entire family. Wake Forest has helped us gain courage and not limit what we are capable of.
Q: Did you conduct research?
A: During my senior year I worked on a sociology thesis with Dr. Hana Brown and Dr. Catherine Harnois. I measured assimilation factors of Latino immigrants. This research was important to me, because it will help me introduce the Latino community to people who may be unfamiliar with my culture. The information will also help me create progressive changes among this community.
Q: Tell us about your spring break in Honduras.
A: During a week in Honduras with the first Wake Forest Students Helping Honduras volunteers, I gained a greater understanding of the value of international service. We helped build a new orphanage for the children of El Progresso, Honduras, and tutored the children of Villa Soleada. As one of the only Spanish-speaking volunteers, I was able to give the children a short lecture on volcanoes. The children I tutored and played alongside for this week are children I will always remember.
Q: What extra curricular activity did you most enjoy?
A: I joined the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). Through this organization I made my closest friends and grew as a leader and an individual. I served as president in 2012, and I established the first Latino Awareness Week and the first Latino student/faculty dinner. Being a part of OLAS will be what I most cherish from Wake Forest because the fellowship among members went beyond the weekly meetings and events, and the mentors I made through this experience will continue to guide me even after I graduate.
Q: Is there someone you would most like to thank?
A: All of the professors and administrators I have had the honor to spend my time with have taught me more than I can ever repay them for. Dr. Barbee Oakes, Dr. Ana Wahl, Dr. Hana Brown, Dr. Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, and Director of Multicultural Affairs Alta Mauro have to the be the five pillars that I know I would not have survived this experience without. Thank you for being such wonderful role models. I cherish our conversations, and you will never know how much your words have influenced who I am today.
Q: What place on campus will you most miss?
A: I will miss the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) the most because that was always my go to place whenever I was tired, had great news, had bad news, needed help or simply wanted someone to talk to. It will be difficult to enter the real world and not have a space like OMA to enjoy. I will miss you OMA!
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been giving during your time at Wake Forest?
A: Learn to say ‘no.’ Having the courage to say ‘no’ makes us able to do those things we say ‘yes’ to with greater care and happiness.
Q: Your best advice for first-year students?
A: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and go to an event you would normally not attend, take a class you never thought of taking, and speak to someone who is different from you. What Wake Forest has to offer is not limited to the education you will receive in the classroom.