Cerrie Mendoza

EMU Admissions Counselor Cerrie MendozaCounselor for: Northern and Central VA, Washington DC and Texas

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Hobbies: Hiking, running, camping, travelling, cooking, thrifting and antiquing

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

Contact info: 540-432-4118; cerrie.mendoza@emu.edu

Why I chose EMU

I decided to attend EMU in the fall of 2014 and was extremely excited to experience all 4 seasons all in one state! I also fell absolutely in love with EMUs campus and community at my SOAR event in the summer, everyone I talked to seemed extremely interested and happy to talk to me to make me feel “at home” especially coming from a large city in Texas.

My favorite EMU memories

Being at a university for 4 years you tend to make a lot of friends/memories, especially when you go on your cross cultural. I went to the Middle East and while being there I made so many memories (not listing them all)! My favorite memory was practicing speaking Arabic with my host parents in Beit Sahour while we were eating “upside down” rice (maqluba) and watching Arab Idol on the small to on top of the refrigerator. I loved coming back from cross cultural and tasting a food I had been craving for 3.5 months with friends I’ve made along the way! I remember late night soccer games at the beginning of the fall semester and cheering under a blanket for our Running Royals! However, these are only a couple in which I have plenty more to share, ask me about more memories!

Anything else you should know about me?

I absolutely love the outdoors, hiking, and camping around the Shenandoah, I love camping at Fridley's Gap or Switzer Lake! Some of my hobbies include looking for salamanders under rocks, bird watching, trying to identify insects and snakes! I have interned with top museum curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History through EMUs Biology Dept., which is amazing! I also write poetry and love binge watching Netflix.

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