Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
Major: Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Activities: Work part time at Great Plain Elementary School and as a translator for the Danbury Public Schools (such as PPT, expulsions and parent conferences) and part time at University Computing at WCSU
Honors and Awards: Dean’s list, GPA 3.9
Susana Enriquez knows you don't have to go far to find a place to succeed. That's why she came to WestConn after obtaining an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Norwalk Community College. "I live nearby and I know many people who have taken classes here," she says. "When I spoke to a professor about a program they recommended, my first impression was really good. Everyone was kind and knowledgeable."
Enriquez knows what she's good at and how she can use her strengths to help others. "My passion is education and my strength is Spanish because that is my first language. My philosophy of education is that I believe everybody can learn. The success of my students will be my success."
Enriquez says she has had the "best mentors of the community. They help me all the time and I am thankful for their help and kindness. I am going to obtain my degree because of their guidance. I have experienced that the members of the university community have a high level of integrity. They were thoughtful to help me overcome any obstacles in the way of obtaining my degree. My teachers were an inspiration to become an educator. I learned from their teaching and example."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Enriquez says, "Every year was exciting for me. WCSU has the best Computer Centers. They are comfortable and have a nice atmosphere.”
After graduation, Enriquez will continue her education with graduate school and work as a full-time teacher. "I would love to teach at the university level some day."
Enriquez’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Pursue your dreams even if you find some stones on the way. Keep in mind that to be an educator has an impact over others’ lives." Enriquez offers two favorite quotes: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -- Henry Brooks Adams and "All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” -- Brian Tracy."