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Catch up with Adriana Gomez ’19

Catch up with Adriana Gomez ’19

Adriana Gomez (second from left, front) and classmates attending the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in fall 2019.

 

Adriana Gomez ’19
Loyola Marymount University Class of 2021
Political Science major with a minor Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies 

What have you been up to since graduating from Arrupe College?

I transferred to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, CA. I immediately started working at the Center for Service & Action on campus. I started dancing – they have a folklórico group on campus. I also joined El Espejo, which is a mentoring group. We go to a middle school that’s near campus to mentor students.

How did Arrupe prepare you for Loyola Marymount?

They helped me be more confident. I know I want to do so much, but I also get a little scared sometimes and wonder if I can really do it all. Arrupe really stood by my side when I was a student here. They were a cheerleader. They helped me advocate for myself at Arrupe and now I can advocate for myself at LMU. It’s easy to forget though because it’s not the same setting – LMU is huge and is a different population. But because I had the ability to advocate for myself at Arrupe, I can practice that in a different setting at LMU.

Favorite memory:

The Christmas tree lighting. It’s so cute because it’s the holidays, and it’s our tree downstairs. It felt like putting up your tree at your house but here with our little family.

If you could describe Arrupe in one sentence or word, what would it be?

That’s so hard – I feel like I’m asked that question all the time. I always say the same things – like “community” and “family”…but if I’m going to put it in a sentence, I would say: Arrupe is essential. Arrupe College is essential for historically marginalized communities.

What words of wisdom do you have for current Arrupe students?

When I graduated, I got a tattoo on my arm that says “Greater love than fear.” Dean Eric used to always say that to me. I’ve always wanted to do things, but I doubted myself. But he’d always say “Greater love than fear, Gomez. Greater love than fear.” And I agree. Don’t be scared…it might seem scary now but this isn’t it. There’s still so much to be done.

Anything else you want to say?

I love Arrupe!