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Cerrie Mendoza

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

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; cerrie.mendoza@emu.edu

Fall 2019 Travel Schedule

Why I chose EMU

I decided to attend EMU in the fall of 2014 and was extremely excited to experience each of the 4 seasons all in one state! I committed to EMU before stepping foot on campus, but when I did, I fell absolutely in love with the campus community. Everyone that I talked to was genuinely interested in what I had to say and hear more about my story. I felt like I had already had a sense of belonging. I was so happy that I was able to experience that, especially being from a large city in Texas. Truly, I think it was in God’s plan for me to be there.

My favorite EMU memories

I loved being a part of different clubs and organizations on campus. It allowed me to meet new people and find new passions that I really cared about. For my cross-cultural, I went to the Middle East and while being there I made so many memories! My favorite memory was when I spoke Arabic with my host parents and their family in Beit Sahour. During the evening, we would eat homemade maqluba (upside down rice) and watch Arab Idol on the small TV on top of the refrigerator. I met life-long friends and was able to experience so many different cultures and connect them to my own as well.

Anything else you should know about me?

I absolutely love succulents! Being from Texas, I never appreciated them but now that I live in Virginia – it’s like having a piece of home in my home. I also love the outdoors, hiking, and camping around the Shenandoah! My favorite place to camp is at Fridley's Gap or Switzer Lake! Some of my hobbies include dog-sitting, looking for salamanders under rocks, bird watching, trying to identify insects and snakes! I’m still trying to find my vocation but believe that conservation biology and environmental sustainability is the best way for me to explore endless opportunities. 

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