Every Saturday morning, Carolina Belmares Ortega wakes up early to head over to UNM to mentor students who are in the Simon Scholars Program. Ortega dedicates her time to being a model to other individuals.
Ortega is finishing up her MA in Counseling in May. She will be the first female in the family to complete a higher education degree.
“One story that captures my whole present being is my family, and all the hard work they have done for me and my siblings.”
Ortega’s parents came from Mexico during the Reagan Reformation hoping to create a better life for herself and her siblings.
“As difficult (as it was) for them, we are starting to see the fruits of their action to change,” said Ortega.
After graduating, Ortega hopes to “continue spreading the seed of hope to my community, which I will continue to serve my community through advocacy in the social, educational and personal components. In addition, I will continue to remain focused on promoting personal growth for those I serve through support and leading by example.”