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Graduate Spotlight: Michelle Conde

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Major/School or College:

Political Science and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture at the College of Arts & Sciences

Any honors, achievements, or involvements from your time as a student that you’d like to note:

As a student I was on the Dean’s list and a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. I was a volunteer at La Casita Cultural and participated in programs to help teach children through art education. I also conducted my own independent research on the civil war in Guatemala that took place in 1960-1996.

Where you will be working and residing post-graduation:

I will be attending law school in the fall. I have been accepted to Syracuse University College of Law and am awaiting a decision from Cardozo, Hofstra, and Georgia State law school.

How did you benefit from being an OTHC scholar?

Being an Our Time Has Come scholar has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. I cannot imagine how I would have been able to attend Syracuse University without the help of the OTHC scholarship. I learned so much throughout my time at SU and not just in the classroom but through every experience I had while I was a student. I know none of this would have been possible if I had not been an OTHC scholar, I had every benefit of being an SU student and the added honor of being a scholarship recipient with the encouragement and support of another entire group of people.

What words of advice or encouragement would you offer to current students?

It seems simple but I feel like the advice most current students need is more of a reminder to not give up. Every time you get frustrated or think that you can’t keep up with the amount of work ahead of you just remember that it will pay off. Working hard and refusing to let go of your dreams is what gets you to the finish line, it’s what allows you to reach success. There might be tears and frustration but I can promise you that every last bit of it will be worth it in the end.

What would you say to encourage alumni to support the OTHC scholarship?

The moment I found out I was a recipient of an OTHC scholarship I burst into tears and felt the biggest sense of relief. Years of hard work can get a student so close to their dream but then funding that dream becomes a nightmare. Supporting the OTHC scholarship means supporting students, their dreams, and their futures.

What are you looking forward to most as an alumna of SU?

As an alumna of SU, what I am most excited about is being able to reach out to new potential students and support and encourage them. Syracuse helped change my life and I would love to contribute to making that sort of change possible for other students.

Gracias Michelle! Congratulations!

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