Marcela Lopez is a freshman in Saybrook College, originally from the San Gabriel Valley in southern California. Both of her parents are from Mexico and she grew up in a bilingual household with her older brother. She attended a large, public high school where she was co-captain of the girls cross country team, always striving to be a role model for her teammates. She was also involved with SAVE (her school’s political awareness club) where she realized the power that individuals have in creating positive social change. Outside of school, she volunteered with her city’s youth council where she would help children with arts-and-crafts at community-hosted events.
Growing up in a predominantly Latino community, she witnessed the struggles that her English-learning peers faced, seeing how difficult it was for them to catch up once they fell behind. Having a father who’s a teacher, she learned early on how influential teachers can be in the lives of their students and how important education is for success. He inspires her to be a dedicated and caring mentor. She is excited to be a new tutor for the UIC tutoring program and can’t wait to help students in the New Haven community excel in school, regardless of their first language.
Fun fact: She has never seen snow before and is looking forward to seeing it for the first time this winter!