Student Profiles - Adriana Ongay

Student Profiles - Adriana Ongay

Adriana Ongay

Class Year: 2014
Double major in anthropology and government and political affairs
Latino/a studies
Philadelphia, Pa.

Why did you choose Millersville?
I chose Millersville because of its close-knit community where students are more than just a number.

What is your involvement with SOLA?
I am currently the vice president of Society On Latino/a Affairs (SOLA).

Why did you choose to be involved with SOLA?
I chose to be involved in SOLA as a way to grow closer to my Latino heritage. SOLA quickly became my home away from home.

Why would you recommend someone to join SOLA?
SOLA is not only for Latinos, we welcome and strongly encourage students from all different cultures to join and attend our events. We pride ourselves on diversity and inclusion. Joining SOLA instills leadership qualities and knowledge of the different Latino cultures through socials, lectures, general meetings and community service.

What did you do while you were in the Dominican Republic for an educational trip over winter break?
I visited Punta Cana for a Latino/a studies class. While in Punta Cana we observed gender interactions in the tourist industry.

How has your experience contributed to your education?
This trip allowed me to work hands on in my anthropology major and Latino/a studies minor. During my time in Punta Cana I learned how to do ethnographic research.

Would you recommend this learning experience to someone?
I would highly recommend studying abroad because it is the best way to immerse yourself in your studies.

What is your favorite quote?
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barack Obama

What are your goals for after graduation?
After graduation I plan on attending law school or working towards a doctorate in anthropology. Above all I want to give back to the Hispanic community in Philadelphia.

What do you like to do in your free time besides being super busy with SOLA?
During my free time I enjoy playing with my two cats and watching Netflix.