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Melanie Garza

If you were to ask senior Melanie Garza how she’s doing, it would be an understatement if she replied with a typical response: “I’m fine, just been really busy lately.” But what prevents Garza’s busy schedule from leading to burnout is how it’s driven by her purpose and service. An accounting major with a minor in music (piano is her primary instrument), Garza gives back to both the College of Business and her local community by serving as vice president of public relations for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) and as Miss East Cascades in the Miss America Program. Garza says, “[Upon] arriving to college, I instantly hurled myself into student government committees and activities, while also joining different bands and choirs. Through [Miss America], I grasped a better understanding of my priorities and limitations. I was able to build poise and interviewing, networking, and leadership skills as I worked to make my community better.” Garza is proud to bring those skills to her busy campus life and says her success would also not have been possible without scholarships, Career Services, and her professors. After graduation, she plans to give back to the College of Business by continuing to mentor ALPFA students and hopes to one day be able to fund scholarships herself. “Wherever I go,” Garza says, “I will always wear my Wildcat gear with pride.”

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