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Cerrie Mendoza

EMU Admissions Counselor Cerrie MendozaCounselor for: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Hobbies: Hiking, dog-sitting, camping, traveling, cooking, thrifting and antiquing

Education: Eastern Mennonite University ‘18 majored in Environmental Sustainability (science); minored: sociology and biology

Contact info: 540-432-4118;

Why I chose EMU

I chose to attend EMU because of it’s kind and friendly atmosphere! Right after applying, my admissions counselor was in contact with me about my next steps and helped answer all of my questions of being an out of state student. It made my parents and I feel confident that EMU truly cared about me and my success. I also loved the fact that EMU built in a cross-cultural into the curriculum so for me, it was a no-brainer.

Where did I go on my Cross-Cultural?

In my junior year, spring semester I had the opportunity to travel to 7 countries within the Middle East and along the Mediterranean specifically focusing on studying history, culture, religion, and language (Arabic and Hebrew). My group, professors, and I traveled to Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Italy, and Greece. Each of these countries opened my eyes to so many different cultures, languages, food traditions, and more; and even some that I had never heard of before! It might sound cliché, but it truly changed my life and I will be forever grateful that EMU gave me the opportunity to travel and learn at the same time.

Anything else you should know about me?

I grew up in El Paso, Texas and lived in Virginia for 7 years before moving back home in 2021. I love the outdoors and everything that comes with it such as hiking, kayaking, camping, bird-watching, exploring new places and just trying to get outside as often as I can. Oh, and I also know all the lines to the “Friends” tv show.

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